Have you ever thought about what you think about? Funny question, but think about it. Do you know what occupies the time and energy of your mind? Chances are your life reflects it, whether you’re aware of it or not.
A healthy life begins in your mind.
Our emotional, spiritual, and physical health flourishes or flounders behind the curtains of our inner world. Specifically, our thought life. What happens far out of reach and out of sight of everyone else determines the choices we make in our outer world.
Our mindset matters.
When we feed our mind a steady diet of truth, we are much more likely to make decisions that reflect this state. If your life is on an upward path, it’s likely your thought life is grounded in life-giving truths.
Your mind speaks. Your body listens.
You are what you think.
My own inner ramblings lately are a good example. I'm hitting the season of life that all women inevitable face and struggling with the challenges caused by hormonal shifts. And I know it's just begun. As a result, my body's changing and along with it, my mind.
It's a swirling dervish of guilt, frustration, and resignation.
Guilt from having boldly proclaimed a few years back that I'd "changed my metabolism."
Frustration from weight gain, midsection expansion, and an inability to fix it.
And resignation that I'm still making the same healthy choices, yet my body is responding differently than it once did.
I know I shouldn't care. But I do.
The inner world impacts my behavior. I stay off the scale. I avoid the camera more often these days. I post fewer photos on Facebook because I wonder whether others notice the change, too. From time to time I scroll through older photos to see if I really look different or if it's all in my head.
My mind rifles though all the things I've done in the past to lose weight, while simultaneously asking me if it's worth it. I'm intuitively drawn to the quick fixes, while intellectually knowing they will just perpetuate the problem.
I have new empathy for all those I've worked with in the past and present who are struggling through this same season.
I'm working on changing my mind to change my life.
Here are 3 ways to build a healthy life that begins in your mind.
It's not always fun or easy work to notice our thought life.
It's a balancing act. We have to notice it long enough to change it while not dwelling long enough for paralysis to set in and overwhelm us.
Our secret weapon is found in 2 Corinthians 3-5:
"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight withare not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
We're in this together. I'm fighting right alongside you to live a healthier life, body, mind, and spirit.
Will you join me?
Question: What do you do to build a healthy life in your mind?
IT BEGAN IN THE GARDEN: UNDERSTAND YOUR PAST FOR A HEALTHIER FUTURE
Long before you were born, your story started with Earth’s first inhabitants, Adam and Eve, and one small decision.
They made their choice. Now it's your turn.