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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ignite the Power Within Step 6: Discipline Your Mind

Have you ever said something "without thinking"? Are you aware of all the thoughts that traverse your mind on any given day? What about when you're dreaming at night. What's going on then?
Step 6 to igniting the power within has to do with taming and training the unruly beast known as the mind.

Before we can talk about how to discipline the mind, we need to understand what exactly do we mean by "the mind". To keep this as simple as possible, the mind is the non-physical part of us that is composed of both consciousness and unconsciousness. It is separate from the physical part of the body known as the brain. The brain is the organ that is part of our central nervous system and controls our physical and bodily functions.

The mind, on the other hand, controls our emotions, our thoughts, and our will. Some believe that the mind is the eternal part of us known as the "soul". Undeveloped and unconstrained, the mind will take off like a runaway train or a wild horse. Buddhism calls this "monkey mind" meaning unsettled, capricious, restless, uncontrollable, confused. Picture monkeys you see in the zoo or the wild and how they flit from tree to tree hanging on and jumping around willy nilly. This is how undisciplined minds behave. Thousands of thoughts fly by in the course of everyday life, yet we are unaware of the majority of them.

 If we want to harness the power of our minds, we need to discipline it to think the right kind of thoughts. There are three main steps to cultivating a disciplined mind so today let's go over the first one.

 1. Feed your mind positive input
     Our minds are like computers. How they are programmed is how they will perform. If we feed our minds junk, violence, and negativity, this is what will come out of us. As motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, puts it "negative is normal". Many of us grew up in an environment of worry, anxiety, fear and the like. But we don't have to stay that way. We can retrain our minds and our thinking, but it does take effort on our part.

If we want healthy, vibrant bodies we will feed ourselves healthy, nutritious food and drink plenty of water. In the same way if we want healthy, peaceful and emotionally stable minds we need to feed our minds life-giving thoughts. Here are some examples of the kinds of thoughts and what to replace them with:
     - Replace fear with faith. 
       "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind". 
     - Replace timidity with boldness. 
      "The Lord is my rock and my fortress." 
      "No weapon formed against me shall prosper."
      "If God is for me, who can stand against me". 
     - Replace hatred with love. 
       "Love your neighbor as yourself"       
     - Replace strife with peace.
       "The Lord will give keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him."
     - Replace struggle with ease. 
        Instead of thinking "This is too much for me" think and say
       "I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me".
     - Replace "I'll never...." with the same phrase.
     - Replace thoughts of lack with thoughts of abundance and provision. 
       "My God shall supply all my needs according to his riches in Christ Jesus". 

If we want to be more powerful and more successful, we need to be more positive and more confident in our abilities. We need to reprogram our thinking with truth and the best source of truth I know is the Holy Bible. Now you can use whatever sacred texts or affirmations you choose, but I suggest the Holy Bible and here's why.

God is obligated to fulfill His Word. He is not obligated to follow through on anyone else's word. The words of scripture have supernatural power in them and that is the missing ingredient in using anything else. Positive affirmations that are not the Word of God will only take us so far. Why?
Because God rewards Faith! He wants to know that we are depending on Him and him alone and not merely our own will and self. When we learn to depend on God more, and ourselves less, we will see strife, turmoil, and unease evaporate from our lives and we will enjoy more harmony, joy, and rest.

This covers the first step to disciplining our minds. Stay tuned for part 2 of the process of igniting the power within when next time we'll talk about the importance of meditation. 

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