Resetting Our Mind

16th August, 2013 - Posted by Sam - No Comments

Given the 86,000,000 neurons that God has put in the human brain, it is literally mind-boggling to think about the possible 100 trillion neural connections. So how is it that many of us end up stuck on the same old thought patterns which are often negative and destructive to ourselves and to others?

Being creatures of habit, the principles of conditioning, self-fulfilling prophesy, and confirmation bias all work to keep our mental activity going in a vicious cycle. In addition, by closing ourselves off to others through isolation and staying away from community, we can guarantee the shutting out of input and plugging up of the flow of fresh ideas and new thoughts; leaving us only with our own thoughts.

So which thoughts are worthy of our consideration, meditation, and even pre-occupation?
Here is a quick test about our thoughts: (ask yourself)
• Do my thoughts reflect with what is true about me, others, the world, and God?
• Would God agree with my thoughts about me and others?
• Would my spiritual leader/mentor agree with the content of my thoughts?
• Do my thoughts give me a sense of vitality and life?
• Do my thoughts lead me to consider possibilities and opportunities to have greater faith in God?

Sometimes we all have a need for a mental reset, a renewing of our mind. God calls us to come away for times of reflection and rest. I just came back from one of those times. On one of those early mornings as I sat next to the Russian River, I was tickled to be reminded of what was on God’s mind – “what is man that you are mindful of him” (New King James Psalms 8:4a). It was so humbling to consider the bigness of the mind of God which then helped to put my puny thoughts into perspective. Inviting God to show us His thinking about our lives is a great way to think new thoughts and to find a fresh outlook.

Lord, help me to learn from the bumper sticker wisdom of not believing every thought that I have.
Rather, teach me to invite Your perspective into my mind.
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts…and lead me in the way everlasting.
(Psalms 139: 23-4)

Written by Dr. Sam B Leong, Ph.D.

Posted on: August 16, 2013

Filed under: Reflections

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