As we age, we know how important it is to have a good mind. We want a brain that functions well and a brain that thinks good thoughts. So for the next few days, we are going look at a “Mental Diet” - both the thoughts we think and the foods we eat and how they impact the brain.
OUR MENTAL DIET
Today we are going to look at the thoughts we think. If you can stay on this diet, I can pretty much guarantee that at the end of it you will be happier, healthier, be closer to God and act like more Jesus. But before I begin, let me tell you, this will be the most difficult diet you have ever attempted. It would be easier to not eat any food for seven days. Are you ready?
A few years ago, I came across an article written quite some time ago that discussed a “7 Day Mental Diet”. Let me give you a few excerpts.
Day 8 Challenge – No Negative Thoughts – This then is your challenge, and it is one of the most difficult. For the next seven days you must not allow yourself to dwell for a single moment on any kind of negative thought. You must not allow your mind to dwell on any thought that is not positive, constructive, optimistic, kind, full of love and full of faith.
Replace any thought of fear, failure, disappointment, or trouble; any thought of criticism, or spite, or jealousy, or condemnation of others, or self-condemnation; any thought of sickness or accident; or, in short, any kind of limitation or pessimistic thinking. Turn away from cable news, the newspaper and Twitter; turn out the thought of the unkind letter, or stupid remark, or what not.
When the negative thought floats into your mind, immediately turn it out and think of something else. Best of all, think of God. May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the Lord. Ps 104:32