“Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.”
The Life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence. The chief struggle is the effort of revamping your thinking to the relaxed attitude of acceptance of peace. The essence of the secret lies in a change of mental attitude. One must learn to live on a different thought basis, and even though thought change requires effort, it is much easier than to continue living as you are. The life of strain is difficult.
A primary method for gaining a mind full of peace is to practice emptying the mind. Practice emptying your mind of fears, hates, insecurities, regrets, and guilt feelings at least twice a day , more often if necessary. The mere fact that you consciously make this effort to empty your mind tends to give relief. Haven’t you experienced a sense of release when you have been able to pour out to somebody whom you can trust worrisome matters that lay heavy on your heart?
Of course, emptying the mind is not enough. When the mind is emptied, something is bound to enter. The mind cannot long remain a vacuum. You cannot go around permanently with an empty mind. i admit that some people seem to accomplish that feat, but by large it is necessary to refill the emptied mind or the old, unhappy thoughts which you have cast out will come sneaking in again. To prevent that happening, immediately start filling your mind with creative and healthy thoughts. At intervals during the day practice thinking a carefully selected series of peaceful thoughts. Let mental pictures of the most peaceful scenes you have ever witnessed pass across your mind. Such peaceful thought images will work upon your mind as a healing medicine.
Words have profound suggestive power, and there is healing in the very saying of them. Utter a series of panicky words and your minds will immediately go into a mild state of nervousness. If, on the contrary, you speak peaceful, quieting words, your mind will react in a peaceful manner. It is also helpful to use lines from poetry or passages of scripture. Continue reading “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content!”