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Living In Choice 

Living In Choice 

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by Rev. Elizabeth Rowley,
Spiritual Director
July 19, 2019

We are always making choices.  From the moment we wake up in the morning until the moment we drift off to sleep at night.  When you open your eyes after a good night’s slumber and gather your senses, thoughts begin to arise.  You choose which of them to follow and off you go, choosing your way through the day.

Thoughts are like taxi cabs on the freeway of your mind.  Some of them are lovely while some are not.  It’s up to you to choose which of those taxi cabs you’ll get into as you’ll surely be taken for a ride.  What a blessing it is to have the freedom to choose your thoughts.  If there are many thoughts and none are appealing to you, you can add new thoughts by opening an inspiring book or listening to a song that makes you smile and fills you with joy.

In 2005, the National Science Foundation published an article showing that the average person has between 12,000 and 60,000 thoughts per day.  80% of those thoughts are negative, and 95% are the same as yesterday.  Your thoughts generate every action, emotion, feeling, belief.

The thought choices you make will either lead to your healing or contribute to your suffering.  Why not choose healing thoughts?  You could select thoughts of self-love and acceptance over judgment and condemnation, thoughts of forgiveness and surrender over resentment and control.

The beautiful thing about choosing healing thoughts is that every cell in your body is affected by them.  Thoughts are units of mental energy; thus, healing thoughts heal the mind and body and healed people heal others.  As you learn to make healing choices in your thoughts, which leads to the healing of your mind and body, you become a healing presence in the world.  Your healing heals others.  Imagine a world of healed people?  It would be a world of wholeness and joy.  One of forgiveness, kindness and caring, with generous sharing of resources where everyone sees the good in each other and love always prevails.

You have the power to transform your entire life by changing your mind.  The only requirement is to become an observer or witness of your thoughts, which requires taking a backward step.  As you step back from the constant flow of thoughts and thinking you merge with the eternal, unborn nature of your being, Pure Essence, which is the Thing Itself, or the Universe, Divine Intelligence, Spirit.

With so much in life we have little control over, harnessing that which we do have control over, not only for our healing but the healing of the world is a mighty and magnificent gift; practically a superpower.

One good choice leads to the next.  As you find yourself on the path of choosing healing thoughts, the not so healthy thoughts lose their seductive power.  Now you are in a beautiful dance with the Divine and allowing it to lead.

And So It Is.

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1 comment so far

Lori BergvallPosted on4:26 pm - Jul 26, 2019

What an empowering message. So often, I don’t even think about my thinking! To hear the statistics and how we can change that is the best news ever! Thank you for this post.

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