THE MIND…Aligned with truth
The following verses have been life changing for me.
Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
2 Tim 1:7 “…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
I was introduced to Dr. Caroline Leaf, a Christian Neuro-Scientist, several years ago. She has shown, both scientifically and biblically, that the mind is where the action is determined and focused, and that persistent mind-action, especially when coupled with God’s Word, is able to stimulate the brain and the rest of the body, leading to increased health and vitality. Our thoughts play a huge role in our overall wellness. Negative thoughts produce negative chemicals in the body that break down our systems.
I feel daily we must practice mindfulness. At first this word brought skepticism, but this definition makes sense to me.
Dr. Kristin Neff's definition of mindfulness...“Taking a balanced approach to negative emotions so that feelings are neither suppressed nor exaggerated. We cannot ignore our pain and feel compassion for it at the same time. Mindfulness requires that we not 'over-identify' with thoughts and feelings, so that we are caught up and swept away by negativity."
We can literally wire out negative thoughts/emotions and program in positive ones with the power of our mind. This requires us to be intentional on a daily basis.
In this journey of life we must intentionally choose to love, forgive, encourage, focus on gratitude and show acts of kindness to all. Daily we must choose to nurture relationships, to play, to be silent, to be creative, to meditate on God's Word, to pray, to eat real food, to exercise, and to sleep.
Each day we have the opportunity...to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:23