GUARD YOUR MIND
This principle has always been important but never so much as right now. What does it mean to 'guard your mind'? We are living in an uncertain world. Moreover, we are being bombarded with negativity and are being subjected to a constant, hourly, reminders of the most recent covid 'numbers' by the media. Many have become fearful of losing their jobs or their businesses. How does one cope in such an absurd set of circumstances? You must guard your mind!
It would be easy to dwell on all of the negativity. "Will my business survive?" "How will I pay the rent if they keep cutting back my hours?" "What happens if I get sick?" "Could I die from this virus?" "What about mom...what happens if she gets sick?" Any form of negativity, stress, and especially fear, triggers what is called the 'fight or flight' response. When you are fearful, your body is naturally hard-wired physiologically to prepare your body to run from the sabre-toothed tiger that you can see off in the distance. When the 'fight or flight' response is triggered, all systems other than your respiratory and circulatory systems, shut down. Your heart rate increases. For example, your digestive system is not needed in the 'fight or flight' mode and shuts down. All of the energy flows away from any of your body's systems, including your immune system, that are not necessary in the 'fight or flight'. If you are living in constant stress or allow yourself to dwell on other forms of negativity, in other words if your body is living in the 'fight or flight' response over an extended period of time, your immune system is not operating at full capacity and, consequently, you open yourself to disease.
The key then is to guard your mind. In other words, you must do your best to keep those negative thoughts at bay! Instead, you must do your best to think thoughts that are uplifting, positive, good feeling thoughts. Well, you say, that's easier said than done. I agree. Becoming conscious of your thought patterns and replacing negative thought patterns with positive one's is not easy. But, as with all things in life, the more you practice this technique the better you get at it.
Guard your mind. Replace negative thoughts with better feeling thoughts as much as you can. You will be happier and healthier! And of course, there is a school of thought that teaches that what you think about you will attract into your life. That is a whole other topic that we will talk about next time! In the meantime, do your best to guard your mind!
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Grant Edward Rayner
London, Ontario, Canada