With spiritual study, my mind grows strong in its commitment to peace and truth in action.
There is connection between a mind, which is peaceful, and behavior, which is good. It is interesting to note how the sensory apparatus – sight, touch, hearing, taste and smell – are involved in this.
For example, suppose I promise myself not to get angry any more because I’ve understood the harm it causes but then later in the day I ‘see’ or ‘hear’ something negative. I allow myself to forget my promise, that is my level of awareness regresses to what it was, then my immediate reaction will probably be equally negative. If, however, I remember my promise, the same stimuli will most likely produce a wiser, more resourceful response.
With spiritual study, my mind grows strong in its commitment to peace and truth in action. This strength allows me to gain control over the sense organs. I simply don’t allow them to proceed as usual according to my conditioning. I remain consciously present, monitoring whatever they do. It is the first step in becoming a ruler of the kingdom of the self.
This is an extract from “Heart at Work” complied by Jack Canfield and Jacqueline Miller.
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