This is a continuation of last week’s Seeking Balance to Live Life (Part 2).
Accept vulnerability. You are vulnerable to many uncertainties in life, because no one can predict the future. You are vulnerable to the past through unwanted thoughts and feelings because the past cannot be eliminated. Instead of trying to control them, accept their existence and give them less power by refocusing your mind in a valued direction.
Reflect on Philippians 2:1-11; Matthew 10:16-20; Romans 13:1-10; 15:1-7
Manage your thoughts. Even when you breathe, you can say to yourself “I am breathing in relaxation and acceptance, and (with each exhale) I am experiencing peace and life.” Learn to challenge the unhealthy thoughts connected to the fight-flight or shut-down response, using healthier, life-giving truths that help you experience life more fully.
Reflect on Philippians 4:8; II Corinthians 10:3-5
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
For as he thinks within himself, so he is. Proverbs 23:7a
Choose Love. Open up to giving and receiving love. It is the highest value, and through it we all can experience freedom from the ravages of the fight-flight or fright response. Forgiveness for ourselves and others is found under the umbrella of love, as is hope for the future. As philosophers and spiritually minded people have indicated for millennia, love is a resource which will never run out.
Reflect on John 17:23; I Corinthians 13; I John 3:16-18; I John 4:7-21
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35
Modified from article originally written for the Hammonton Gazette, March 2019.