What do you think?
Shortly after my journey towards a more plant based way of eating I read and interesting article written by my cousin Trent Jessee called "The Effect of Thought on Health & Body". He quoted a great deal of the book "As A Man Thinketh". This is a book to which I'm sure many of us are familiar with. He quotes:
After reading this article, it sparked something inside of me. Actually, it rang so true to me that I knew what the key to my success on my journey to better health would be. It would be tapping into my heart. The heart? Why not the mind? Don't we control our thoughts first, and then that will control our heart or what we feel? Karol Truman, in her book Feelings Buried Alive Never Die states:
Control begins, first of all, with our feelings -- what we feel, and what we feel controls our thoughts -- what we think, and that leads to how we perform -- to our actions. BUT ALL CONTROL BEGINS WITH TAKING CONTROL OF THE FEELINGS WE HOLD IN OUR HEART, because these feelings determine the thoughts we hold in our conscious mind.
I'm not going to lie. This stuff is hard hitting. I knew I needed to make some BIG changes deep inside my heart. For years, I'd held onto hurt feelings, blame and anger. I think we all do, to some degree, whether we realize it or not. We each know our own hearts. If we feel so confused that we don't know our hearts, or need help with our hearts, we can look to the scriptures for insights. If you don't believe in God, or have a different belief system, it would be safe to say a healthy way of living is believing in a Source. As we draw closer to our source, we receive answers and insights into our hearts. I, however, believe in a Heavenly Father and in His Son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost which reveals, to my heart, mind, and spirit, TRUTH.
Here are a few thoughts from the scriptures as to the power God has to help change our hearts or to reveal to us the things we must change in our hearts in order to find peace, happiness and joy.
"...The Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually." Alma 5:2
"Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men" Isaiah 29:13
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30
These are a just a few examples of the teachings of Christ, in which I studied and used to help cleanse my heart. As I drew near to God the Father and His Son, I felt the comforting power of them through the Holy Ghost. I came to see me as God see's me. It has been one of the most healing and rewarding experiences of my life.
I firmly believe that we each have our light. We are each unique with no one else like us! We have something to offer and as each of us let our lights shine, we create an incredible symphony. There is no good in comparing ourselves to others. There is no good in being jealous at the successes of others. Our hearts heal when we recognize the beautiful talents, capabilities and light in others. The more we compliment and rejoice in this, the lighter and happier we will feel. I know this! I work on this all the time! I haven't arrived :)
Another answer in my journey was to dismiss any negative thoughts about myself or others. The second a thought of inadequacy or judgement entered my mind, I had to train it, exercise it and control it to dismiss that thought and replace it with a positive one. My test was to do this in myself and then to take that out and exercise it when interacting with others. A very special friend shared part of this quote with me and I cherish the words.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson
Obviously when we glorify others and acknowledge the divine in them, and as we work on BEING the best we can be in thought and deed, we are letting God's light shine and in so doing, this will draw others to HIM. As we draw closer to Him, He heals us. How wonderful that not only can we help ourselves heal, but we can bless the lives of so many, by simply letting our light shine and acknowledging the divine in others! This reminds me of this scripture: