No easy task here controlling the mind. But I have seen in my life, we have a choice and can make the changes that are required for a peaceful mind. The mind controlled is more creative and relaxed.
I can relate to the statement “Most people allow their thoughts to dwell on selfish purposes, the inevitable result of an infantile mind. (“ouch”) When a mind becomes mature, it understands that the germ of defeat is in every selfish thought.” As I have worked on eliminating faulty thoughts, I have found a place of strength.
Not saying here that this is totally accomplished in my life….it is a work in progress. I never realized until this week that the “germ of defeat is in every selfish thought”. Before I didn’t realize the thoughts I was having were selfish…I thought they were for the good to help my loved ones. But I soon realized the thoughts gave way to a barrage of verbal abuse and therein was the germ of defeat.
Please understand that the words mainly landed on the dog’s ears and a very understanding friend, but they were given orally and therefore had a life of their own. Prior to this class I used God’s promises and words of gratitude to overcome the “selfish thoughts”. And I still use these statements today.
Now I am convicted all over again on how destructive the thoughts had become. The exercise of quieting my mind and taking control of my thoughts has become one of the best parts of my day. I look forward to that complete quiet place.
I am also aware in my day when those troubling words creep back in to my mind and I use the tools we have here in the workbook and on our index cards to overcome the negative thoughts. I am so grateful to be a part of this process and in this class with everyone. Together we can do this.