The Battlefield in our Mind


Wednesday, December 20, 2017


Did you know that the average speaking rate is about 120 words per minute and we can think at a rate of 1,300 words per minute?Doesn’t this explain why every time we dwell on our problems, we have the tendency to become somber and get depressed? Just imagine what 10 minutes of negative thoughts can do to you. That equates to 13,000 pessimistic, bitter, saddening, negative and discouraging words penetrating your spirit and disheartening your soul.  

This is why we need to understand that if we can change our thought process; we can change the direction of our lives, the mood that we are in, and the amount of joy we experience. The times that my heart has been downcast are usually the times that I am sitting down reminiscing about the circumstances that I am facing, it is usually when I am thinking about all the negativity that surrounds me, and it is usually when I am allowing my mind to be consumed by everything other than thoughts of peace, joy, and thankfulness.

I understand that it is easier said than done, especially when life is hard and circumstances are pressuring, but I dare to say that walking around with baggage is a lot harder than running freely with no burden. Surrender the negative thoughts, the pressure, the feelings of inadequacy and challenge yourself to think about how far you have come, how blessed you are, how loved you are, how strong you have become, and how many more blessings await you.

Always remember, "what consumes your mind, controls your life."

If you are struggling with negative thinking, I can tell you that it is possible to turn things around and cultivate inner peace and joy. With proper understanding and a little practice, you can transform your life from the inside out. Here are 3 keys that have the potential to transform your inner environment into a peaceful and joyous one:

 

Recognize your negative thought patterns.

Negative thoughts are repetitive. Once we recognize these patterns we can make the decision not to react to them. Although we can’t control the thoughts that come to our minds, we can control which stay.

 

Be mindful of the moment.

When we are thinking negatively, typically it means we are thinking about what’s happened or what may happen, or both. To make a habit of being in the present moment means that we are aware of the here and now. This gives us the power to pay attention to what God wants to speak to us in the moment.

 

Write down a gratitude list.

I find that one of the most powerful things I do each day is think about 3-5 things I am thankful for and write them down. Whenever I have a grateful heart naturally follows a thankful mind. Gratitude will take you from a place of darkness into one of peace.

 

My hope is that this will help you and allow you to realize that you don’t need to have a battlefield in your mind because your war has already been won. Gain control of your thoughts and be wise not to allow it to control you. I challenge you in this day to choose joy and peace to overwhelm your thoughts.

 

Author:

Stephany G.

 

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