Today, I came across one of my most favorite Ernest Holmes quotes in the Science of Mind textbook: "trained thought is far more powerful than untrained, and the one who gives conscious power to his thought should be more careful what he thinks than the one who does not. The more power one gives to his thought—the more completely he believes that his thought has power—the more power will it have."
I was about 10 years into recovery when I re-discovered New Thought, something I had been briefly exposed to when I was a kid. I was on a search on behalf of the 11th step, because where I was at in my life was not satisfactory to me.
This concept of training my thinking was appealing to me, because at the time my mind was a very dangerous neighborhood.
Untrained, my thoughts will take me to depression and all sorts of other unpleasant places. Trained, I am happy and at peace.
How does one train their thinking? The 11th step suggests prayer and meditation. I happen to think those are great suggestions, except that I define prayer in a different way. Prayer traditionally is about a beseeching to an outside entity. I like the new thought definition better: prayer as inner knowing and then affirmation. Couple that with meditation, which is nothing more than focusing the mind, and you have a formula for living life on a firm foundation of trained thinking that leads to happiness, peace and joy.
How are you doing in training your thinking? I'd love to hear about it.
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