How Thinking Gets You into Trouble

Keith KettenringChristian Living, The Uncommon Journey

I was talking with a young man this week. He was feeling depressed due to some changes taking place in his life. He kept playing future scenarios over and over in his mind. This was making him feel anxious, fearful, and lonely. And amazingly, not one thing he was thinking was actually true. His thoughts were creating havoc in his life. But, he didn’t know how to live any other way.

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Streaming Thoughts Are Trouble

I want you to live a different way. Thoughts are necessary but they don’t have to control you. I invite you to learn to live from your heart. But to do so, you need to learn a little how the mind works. Let’s go to our guide, Dr. Meletios Webber for help.

The stream of thoughts is negative because the mind dwells in a land of unrelenting desire and boundless fear, and it attempts to influence us to experience these two areas as our rightful home…Some people actually hear an almost constant stream of conversation going on in their heads…encouraging them to want and need, to be afraid, to feel alienated and alone.

This is what was happening to this young man. Does this sound familiar to you? Is this place of need and fear where you live? Do you experience life as “unrelenting desire” or “boundless fear?” If so, learn silence.

Silence is the Solution 

It is not until we learn to quiet our thoughts that there is even the possibility of learning to use our hearts. Apart from anything else, the mind uses noise constantly to reassure itself of its own existence. The language of the heart, on the other hand, is silence. Here I am not referring to an empty silence, one that is simply waiting for something to happen. Rather I refer to the overflowing silence, the silence that is the heart’s means of communication, a full and profound experience of being, and a deep awareness of God.

Do your thoughts control you? Do they create the noise, desire, and fear you so want to defeat? Then, learning the language of silence is the solution. Because God dwells in silence. And silence is found in the heart not the thoughts.

How are your thoughts controlling you? Do they bring up “stuff” from the past? Do they paint scenarios about the future? Both thought processes evoke fear and desire. You can learn to live differently.

Share your comments about this post below. Do you have examples about your thoughts creating fear and wrong desires?

Dr. K