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Put Your Mind in Your Heart!


In modern times, February is a month of admiration and remembrance, Valentine’s Day, heart health awareness, and American history. However, according to the ancient Romans, Februarius is known as the month of purification.

The dead of winter is a time of cleansing in preparation for a new season. Start springing forward by cleansing your mind of negative thoughts. Do you often remember or rehearse hurtful, degrading comments? Sticks and stones may break bones, but words DO have an impact on the heart, soul, and especially the mind. According to Andrew Newberg, M.D. and Mark Robert Waldman, authors of The Most Dangerous Word in the World, “Any form of negative rumination—for example, worrying about your financial future or health—will stimulate the release of destructive neurochemicals.” Here are a few practical ways to change the habit of stinkin’ thinkin’:

  • Reprogram your mind with uplifting material that provides a sense of hope and/or direction: study a spiritual text, read a daily devotional book, or sign up to receive daily e-mails.
  • Meditate on encouraging phrases or words that resonate with you and create a spark from within: a quote from a well-known author, designer, movie, or play.
  • Positive self-talk! Be your own mentor or cheerleader. You are the most dependable role model.
  • Limit complaining about negative experiences. Don’t give life to it. If you need to vent, write down your frustrations then tear it up and throw it away.
  • Put yourself in the right mindset before communicating with others. A harsh word stirs up anger. Gentle words soothe the soul and are as sweet as honey.

Once negative thoughts are captured and countered with positive messages, your mindset and attitude will transform. The first step toward a positive transition is to love your mind. Remember to be mindful when speaking. Words leave a lasting impression. Check yourself before you wreak havoc on others and yourself.

By: Lindsey J. Kunz

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