Friday, September 18, 2015

WHADDYA THINK

At any given moment of the day, most of us would be hard pressed to answer the question 
"What are you thinking?"
We tend to be mainly unaware of our thoughts except when we begin to focus on some issue before us. Yet, the mind is a constant whirlwind of activity, jumping from one thought to the next, usually without any form of consistency.

This has been referred to by others as "monkey mind" and is something I have addressed in a previous article.

In the last article, I suggested that constantly being bombarded with thoughts over which we have no control is something that adds to our already stressed-out condition.

Because we permit our minds to function in this way, we have allowed ourselves to become driven, never at rest even when trying to rest.

Remez Sasson, in his article "The Restless Mind—The Constantly Thinking Mind" says it this way:
This shows lack of inner freedom. We enjoy real freedom only when we are able to choose our thoughts or still our mind. There is freedom, when we are able to decide which thought to think, and which one to reject. We live in freedom, when we are able to stop the incessant flow of thoughts. (retrieved from the internet 9/11/15) 
Gaining a disciplined mind is probably a life-long quest. If we begin when we are young, we certainly have a better chance at success than if we wait until we are old. However, it is NEVER beyond the reach of any of us, regardless of age or ability.

You CAN begin to train your mind.

It would, of course, help if you had a coach for this process; but most of us would rather do it ourselves without having to spend any money or bother anyone else, thinking we are disciplined enough to pull this off on our own.

A coach can help you discover what would be the best route for you to take, which significantly small step you could take first, how to set proper goals and a myriad other things that go into the process of achieving success in this area.

Without doing all the background things necessary that I normally use with clients, let's try a generic approach to getting started.

  • What do you find causes you to be distracted the most?
  • How often does that happen?
  • What does it look like when you become distracted?
  • Is that a good thing?
  • How long does it take for you to "get back on track?"
  • Is that okay?
  • What one thing can you do that will eliminate this distraction?
  • When will you begin doing this?
Print those questions out and take time to get quiet and answer them with as much detail as you can.

Then begin with the plan you have created.

In the meantime, if you are serious about gaining control of your thoughts, here are two verses for you to begin putting into practice along with a prayer for their implementation:
2 Cor. 10:5—Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Phil. 4:8—Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 

Make the following your daily prayer during the process of trying to gain control of your thoughts:
Ps. 19:14—Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

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