Lose Your Mind or Fill Your Mind
I am on a quest to be more mindful this year but there is one part of my mind I am trying to lose. Do you know the voice of your ego, or natural mind? It is the part of us formed throughout life which concerns itself always with what is best for our well-being. It warns us of danger, argues for us when we are wronged, rationalizes away our failures when we are overcome, and gives us endless chatter about what went wrong in the past and what will likely happen in the future. It gathers facts in our defense based on how things should be if we could control all things. In my quest to pay attention I want to lose the attention I give to this "Natural Mind".
So, to what shall I give attention? You can certainly find information from more qualified sources but here is what I think. The "Spiritual Mind" is quiet. Spaciousness is an adjective I would attach to this sacred place. It feels and moves to allow light within my skin and bones. At the center it searches for Jesus Christ. Like a magnet, feeling the pull of truth, it searches along the inner path to be taught. The Holy Spirit resides in this sacred space within my soul, or heart, or quiet mind. Whatever you call it, it is life rejuvenating.
To lose the "natural mind" is not simple, neither is it difficult. It is simply lost when I choose to pay attention to spirit. Oh, but, it is so difficult because I am so comfortable with the "it's all about me" stories I treasure up to my chest. Today will my mind be filled with me or with Him?
The natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be forever and ever,
unless he yields to the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ, The Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love
willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, as a child doth submit to his father.Mosiah 3:19
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