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Nourishment For The Mind

He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'

~ John 7:38

We accept the evidence of our five physical senses as not just facts, but as reality.  However, the great spiritual teachers and philosophers, as well as modern psychologists and scientists, tell us that the interior world of thought and ideas is the true cause of the external world of effects we call reality.

Ideas are for the mind what food and water are for the body. As long as we are living and breathing in the physical world, we can’t help having ideas. They are the raw material of creation, rivers of living water pouring continuously into our consciousness from the Infinite Mind within us.

The conditions we experience externally are reflections of the ideas flowing through our inner world. But this doesn’t mean we should deny the existence of facts or live in a fantasy world of our own illusions. It does mean that we should question whether facts are actually truth, and understand that we can change our conditions for the better through correct thinking.

Our greatest power is the ability to choose the kind of thoughts we think. We are in full control when it comes to deciding which ideas we’ll entertain and which we’ll reject. To create positive results, it’s extremely important to nourish the mind with positive ideas.  Try this simple practice to replace your fears, doubts and worries with more constructive, life-enhancing ideas:

·      Think of a problem you really want to eliminate, and tell yourself you want to be rid of it for good.

·      Mentally picture yourself as free of the problem, and enjoy the feeling that it is gone and will never return.

·      Stay with this feeling for a few minutes, then change your entire thinking to something creative, interesting and pleasant.

·      Every time you begin to re-think the problem, stop, express thanks to God that it no longer exists in your world, and shift your attention to positive thoughts.

·      Don’t worry about the problem again, or you will energize and reactivate it.  If it does pop into your mind, your only consideration should be that it is gone forever from your life, and that you now have better things to think about.

To Your Best Life,

Margery

What You See Is What You Get

It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.     

~ Carl Jung

There is an old fable about three blind men and an elephant. To the man who caught hold of a leg, the elephant was like a tree.  To the one who felt his side, the elephant was like a wall.  To the one who grabbed his tail, the elephant was like a rope.  The lesson is that the world that each of us accepts as real is the world of our own perception.

Perception is the key to your creative power, to make your life exactly what you want it to be.  You may argue that facts don’t change just because we look at them in a certain way, and to a great extent this is true.  Poverty, sickness and hardship of every kind abound, and it’s hard to imagine anyone wanting such circumstances.  But it’s also true that we find what we look for.

Think of yourself as a living radio or television, receiving thousands of signals from the ether.  You can “tune in” to any program you wish – joy or sorrow, success or failure, hope or fear. You can select the frequency that serves you best, you can hear only what you want to hear, you can tune out negative and disagreeable messages, you can be uplifted by sights and sounds of beauty and optimism, or you can listen to the voices of discouragement.  The choice is entirely your own.

In Genesis, we are told that God saw everything He made and it was good.  We don’t always recognize this truth because our physical senses limit our perception of it.  The most powerful forces in nature, such as light, heat and electricity, are invisible. In the same way, the invisible energy of thought is our most powerful force for determining the course our life will take.  Make a brilliant masterpiece of your life by tuning your thoughts to the channels of goodness, peace and harmony, and see your world of circumstances begin to conform to your belief.

To Your Brilliance!

Margery 

 

Rule#1 For Happy Living

Write in your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have you ever stopped to notice how often, and in how many ways, we’re told to prepare for the future? Turn on the television or radio, scan your email or surf the internet and you’ll be inundated with advertising for financial advisors, retirement planners, wellness counseling and health maintenance programs, nutritional supplements, long term care insurance, gold and silver dealers, emergency food storage and on and on.  The sources may vary but message is basically the same – that is, we all need to make securing ourselves against an uncertain future an urgent priority.

Life is unpredictable, and it’s natural to fear the unknown and unfamiliar.  As a result, many spend their best years anxiously “saving for a rainy day”, putting money aside to meet the ever-shifting goalpost of a comfortable retirement, or working themselves to death (sometimes literally) so they will be taken care of when they’re older.   Now there is certainly nothing wrong with foresight and planning – a certain amount of it is prudent.   But planning for the future at the expense of the present never makes good sense.  Too many people who “lived for tomorrow” have died before reaching it, or have overworked themselves only to arrive at what they thought would be their golden years with plenty of money but shattered health or relationships.

Dr. Maxwell Maltz, the author of PsychoCybernetics, gave a few simple rules for happy living in the present and the future. The first of these was to live each day as fully as you can.  Set goals that are meaningful to you, take time for doing things you find relaxing and enjoyable, accept yourself with your strengths and weakness, and above all decide not to be concerned with the negative thinking of others.  He also suggests living each day as if it’s your last.  If you imagine this to be true, he said, you’ll stop worrying about the many things that may be relatively small today but, added up over time, destroy your peace of mind.  After all, on your last day on earth, why would you obsess about trivia?  Why would you waste precious time letting the joy of life pass you by while you focus on a future that is far from guaranteed?

His advice is best summarized as follows: If you can live each day richly and still lay the groundwork for a happy future, wonderful!  But if you must surrender present joys, I say to you, “Don’t do it!”

Sufficient Unto The Day

Take therefore no thought for tomorrow: for tomorrow shall take thought of the things for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

~ Matthew 6:34, King James Bible

A mentor of mine, a famous molecular biologist, used to say that even though he was Jewish “sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” was the first phrase that came to mind whenever he was having a stressful day.  Indeed, there are few words from the Bible as widely quoted as these from the Sermon on the Mount.  

The aphorism is so familiar that we might easily overlook how relevant it is to everyday life. The truth is, most people spend a lot of time worrying, usually about things that never actually happen. Psychologists call this fortune telling - predicting that the future will be worse than the present or that danger lies ahead, without sufficient evidence.  Groundless fears like I just know I’ll fail that exam, or I won't be able to sell my house and I'll be stuck here forever, often turn into self-fulfilling prophecies that can negatively affect health, relationships and peace of mind.  

If you find yourself obsessing about the future or dwelling on the past, you can break this habit.  Here are 6 tips for letting go of worry and fully embracing life in the here and now.

1.    Make an appointment with worry.  Instead of worrying all day, designate a period of time, 30 minutes or less, to think about all of your challenges and how you might overcome them. If you find yourself worrying outside of that time, gently redirect your attention to another topic. 

2.   Enter the land of solution.  Use your designated worry time productively to brainstorm creative solutions, and then confront your challenges head on. 

3.    Let go of control.  Accept that some things are outside of your control. The only thing you can always control is your response. If you decide that there's nothing you can do to change a situation, decide to accept it and then let it go. 

4.    Practice appreciation.  Try to focus your thoughts on things you're grateful for. When you do this, you shift your energy out of worry into a positive space where you can experience joy instead of stress. 

5.    Love yourself.  Make time to relax.  Do something you enjoy, spend quiet time alone, or reconnect with friends and family. This allows you to recognize what's really important, breaking the cycle of useless worry. 

6.    Focus on the present.  Worrying about things that have already happened or will never happen robs us of the joy in the present moment.  Jesus frequently warned that excessive care about the things of this life is a weakness that ensnares rich and poor alike. Today’s troubles are indeed enough for today, so practice keeping your attention on the here and now. 

To Your Best Life!

Margery 

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