The sluggard and the self-indulgent can have no knowledge of truth.
Many years ago I began a journey into the darkness of alcohol and drug addiction. Addiction took me to a very dark and lonely place. I wonder how many people are there now? I learned a lot about the darkness and I learned a lot about the light. The darkness fed my addiction and the light gave me life and happiness. The great spiritual paths of the world have always identified light with spiritual truth and wisdom. I learned to view the darkness as resentment, fear, envy, and self-pity. I learned to associate the light with gratitude, acceptance, forgiveness, and love. Therefore, thoughts, emotions, perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes became keys in understanding myself and this world. I quote the great author, James Allen, from his wonderful book, From Poverty to Power, “By your very attitude of mind you are strengthening the chains which bind you and are drawing about you the darkness by which you are enveloped. Alter your outlook upon life, and your outward life will alter.”
Our thought life is a very important part of ourselves. Our character is formulated from our thoughts. Everything first started with a thought. As you think in your heart, so you are! Thought precedes everything. Without a seeded thought form nothing happens. Thoughts and beliefs control the outcomes and results in life.
Our efforts toward right thinking are like cultivating and tending a garden. We can keep the weeds out, or we can allow the weeds to run wild. It can take continuous focus and energy to tend the garden of the mind, but the fruit is well worth the time. By consistent and faithful effort, eventually we become the master gardener of our character and our destiny. We reap more successful and prosperous outcomes, and our lives take on more meaning and purpose.
In conclusion, it is very important for me to examine and to understand myself. By patiently and persistently examining my own heart, I take more control of my life. I give away my God-given powers when I believe that outward circumstances have the authority to “make me or break me.” Outward things become master and I become slave. My intentions are to take control of my thoughts, discipline my mind, eliminate all useless content, and fill my mind with love, beauty, serenity, and joy. I begin to build my inner world on a strong foundation that will support a life of health, wealth, and happiness.
What do you think about?
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