“The way to happiness: keep your heart free from hate, your mind free from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Fill your life with love. Scatter sunshine. Forget self, think of others. Do as you would be done by. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.” Norman Vincent Peale
As a child, my Dad always kept a copy of Norman Vincent Peale’s book, “The Power of Positive Thinking” on the table near his chair. I have fond memories of him reading, a newspaper or book always in his hands. This image has been clear and bright this week as I have attempted to string together seven days of positive thinking. Throughout the years I would often pick up his book (sheepishly, when Dad wasn’t there), and without much thought; read short passages. Later in life, when I would visit my home, this book, a mystery to me, was always placed carefully near my Dad’s reading spot. I have never read it cover to cover. One reason, this was a sacred Dad spot. My family system was not democratic; it was without question, authoritarian. I did not dare touch his things. Later in life, I believed this book to be the work of a zealous right-wing preacher, and oh my God, why did Dad read this stuff?
I really do not know if my active mind embraced anything positive from my Dad’s book but I do know that, recently, I mysteriously found myself connected and enrolled in the 2016 MKMMA class. It’s week 7. Assignment. No negative thoughts for 7 days, a mental diet. Really? I have been facing lots of personal challenges. My external life appears to be a mess, and now I know, my internal world has created this. I have been labeled strong and courageous as well as playing the victim this week. Throughout all of this, I believe I am a positive person.
I was introduced to the 7 Laws of the Mind and began to employ the Law of Substitution to sustain positive thoughts this week. Truly, I have not been able to make it through one day. However, I know Substitution is effective however as, when I recognize negative thoughts, I am able to transform them into positive ones. As I practice, positive thoughts are becoming more definitive and taking shape more quickly. I am making progress.
ONE LOVE. Lucinda