The Mind, UNTAMED, is a dangerous thing. Without self-control over the mind , your train of thought is not disciplined . . . it waivers . . . and the mind wanders. If not careful, the mind can become fragmented, out of order, and out of control. Before long, people who have no self-control may find themselves causing serious damage to their lives and the lives of those they love and care about. This can happen because the person's behavior is so out of control and destructive that the only wise solution is to seek professional help, because self-help has not been successful.
How do you know when you need to seek professional help?
When should you seek professional help?
A wise person who has tried to solve their problems, i.e., bad behavior patterns, addictive behavior, anger issues, etc., without success, will realize his/her self-help limitations. Professional help is needed if the problems are too severe for self-help, this includes behaviors beyond one's control: serious alcohol abuse, drug abuse, suicidal depression, deviant sexual behavior, intense hostility (where there is any risk at all that someone will be hurt), confusion, criminal tendencies, or any problem serious enough to interfere with school, work, or family life. Professional help is also appropriate if you have made a couple of genuine attempts to help yourself without success. Do not be ashamed of your self-help efforts and do not hesitate to seek expert help. It is just wise.
One way to try to pull your life into focus is to Journal your thoughts daily. Then you will have a record which is personal and truthful. You can take 15 minutes each day (at the time of your choice), to Journal your thoughts for the day. If you find this practice helpful, you may want to do this twice a day -- in the morning and in the evening.
To Journal your thoughts is to take a closer look at you; to get to know you better; to understand you better. You'll find out that there are things that you really do want to accomplish in your life; and that you have somehow managed to bury or push aside some of your hopes and dreams unintentionally. . . .
Not to worry . . . you've discovered that TODAY a door has opened, and that now you KNOW what before you couldn't put your finger on. You may have felt that something was missing, or that you wanted to really accomplish something in your life, but you had long forgotten that dream somehow. Nothing is ever lost forever -- just temporarily or momentarily unavailable -- maybe detoured for a second or two -- but never out of reach.
At the end of each week, you can look back at your Journal and see in what direction your thoughts have taken you. If you do not like the way you have been thinking, CHANGE your thoughts. If you find that your Journal shows you that you have been thinking negative thought-patterns, i.e., bitterness, anger, rage, unforgiveness, self-pity, self-doubt . . . take the time to understand that these emotions do not serve your best interest. Know that if you do not CHANGE your thinking about the emotions you have been feeling, your body will begin to inform you. Your physical health is at its best when you are well nourished-- mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Thinking positive thoughts, taking care of yourself, and learning to keep your emotions in prospective are positive steps that you can take daily to ensure that your mind, body, and soul stay on the right path.
Feed your spirit. Commune with God. Read the Word. Never forsake your spiritual studies. Fellowship. Embrace FRIENDSHIP.
When we FOCUS our minds on our God-given gifts and talents, bringing forth positive and fruitful outcomes in our lives -- for ourselves and others, our souls REJOICE!
Our minds will naturally focus on what we have in our hearts. And, our Creator always sees to it that the unique dreams destined just for us become our heart's desires.
The ARTISTIC side of us that some of us long for deep in our hearts, yet cast aside to pursue something different, something other than, something we have convinced ourselves is the more appropriate thing to do or pursue, is still waiting on us.
Find out what it is that you long for. Find out what it is that you do well that uplifts others as well as yourself (and your spirit). Find out what makes you happy. Find out what it is that you can contribute to the world to make a difference. It won't be hard to do or know -- just search yourself.
And, remember, it is not up to anyone else to do what it is for you that makes you happy -- to do for you what you alone were put on this earth to do -- it is up to you, and you alone.
Our joyful thoughts bring about joyful results in our lives, prompting the smiles on our faces that spread fast and furious throughout our daily travels. . .
TODAY, share your MIND and HEART~felt thoughts, along with the WISDOM you have learned, but first make sure it has been tamed through the practice of unconditional LOVE without limit. Try your LOVE out on an ARTISTIC PROJECT, and SEE what comes forth.
Rene A. of Artistic Minds®