Thursday, July 09, 2009

Managing your thought life

Dottie and I have been giving a lot of thought to our thought life. In Caroline Leaf’s book, Who switched Off My Brain, she discusses the thought-to-behavior process: “”Behavior starts with a thought. Thoughts stimulate emotions which then result in attitude and finally produce behavior. This sympathy of electrochemical reactions in the body affects the way we think and feel physically. Therefore, toxic thoughts produce toxic emotions, which produce toxic attitudes, resulting in toxic behavior.” She indicates how active our thought life is when she states, “At any one moment, your brain is creatively performing about 400 billion actions of which you are only conscious of around 2,000. Each of these harmoniously regulated actions has both a chemical and a electrical component that are responsible for triggering emotions.”

Fortunately, you do not have to have a PhD in mind-body dynamics to learn how to manage thoughts which will then lead to healthy attitudes and behaviors. Parents take note. Couple take note. Behavior is only the surface issue. Most of us just listen to our thoughts. Check it out the next time you are at a stop light or in an idle moment at work or home. What are your thoughts and what are you doing about them?Work on managing your thought life. In my Pastor Blog, I will work through three key passages in this area over the next few days: Romans 12:1-2; Philippians 4:6-9; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. Check them out. For initial orientation, start with Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: {6} Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: {7} But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: {8} And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross

Join me in this journey of developing a healthy thought life that will lead to great peace and freedom..

I have posted on my Pastor Blog a letter distributed to the Southwood congregation last Sunday, July 5.

Today is my 27th of 30 radiation treatments. Next Wednesday, July 15 is the last. Today is also a visit to our clinical nutritionist, Janice Picking in Linwood, NJ. She is a delight and thoroughly enjoy seeing her diagnosis my blood through live blood cell analysis.

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