“Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate. So practice happy thinking every day. Cultivate the merry heart, develop the happiness habit, and life will become a continual feast. “ – Norman Vincent Peale
Daily Nugget of Gold 1326
Beyond Quieting the Mind
Okay, did you at least try the exercise we suggested? We realize that many of our readers are already familiar with or even accomplished at meditation, so some folks reading this have done this sort of thing before. If you haven’t, now would be a good time to give it a shot and see if you can at least reduce the amount of thoughts you are having enter your mind. Literally, we must force ourselves to become inward and quiet- not meaning that force is needed to carry it out, but rather we need to commit to doing it if we want to see any appreciable results. Make sense?
Here’s a habit worth adopting, let’s stop allowing ourselves to make negative statements or thoughts. When we catch ourselves about to say or think something negative, we want to turn that negative into a positive. “I can’t afford that new car” could become instead, “I claim for myself that new car and I will have it.”. Another thing people often say is, “I’m so tired.” Why not say, “I feel alive and awake and I will make the most of my day!” instead? Inevitably, when we talk like this, someone is going to say that, “Hey, I don’t deal in wishful thinking, I deal in reality.” and you know what? They DO. They deal in the reality they created for themselves based on the thoughts they’ve allowed themselves to entertain. As scripture tells us, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
Once again, we wish to remind our readers that these habits are best built one at a time, so the practice of quieting the mind should be tried again and again until it becomes easier to do and eventually morphs into something we can do with relative ease at least for a few moments. If we do that before we try and adopt another new thought habit, we will have paved the way to make our installation of that one easier.
Next we might wish to try finding multiple opportunities from whatever problem with dealing with in our lives. Say you are having a disagreement with your spouse over something. What benefits could you both enjoy in solving this matter? Perhaps a focus on what you love about your spouse instead may bring you closer together. Maybe there is an opportunity for you to grow from the experience. It could be that you decide that the matter is too petty to be allowed to ruin your relationship. Don’t just think of one way this can be beneficial and stop, think of many. You’re doing this not just to solve a problem, but you’re building a new mental attitude and habit.
Again, the temptation in this “instant” world is to try and be a master of all things immediately, but masters never learn of anything that way. They always take one thing and do it over and over and over again- maybe even thousands of times- before moving onto the next thing. THAT is how a master becomes a master. Anything short of that makes you a familiarized novice, and not much more.
We hope we’ve expanded your horizons a bit in this get-together, see you soon!
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What new thought habits should I develop which will dramatically alter my destiny over time?”
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