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“Mind over matter represents the triumph of will over physical hindrance. Our thoughts are our weapon against the world.” The Man Who Couldn’t Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought by David Adam

Merriam Webster’s definition of “mind over matter” is a situation in which someone is able to control a physical condition, problem, etc., by using the mind.

Mind is defined as the element in an individual that feels, perceives, thinks, wills, and especially reasons.

Matter means a subject under consideration; problem, difficulty. 

Wikipedia said the phrase “mind over matter” relates to the ability to control the perception of pain that one may or may not be experiencing. There are more practical examples, but the most popular are firewalking on hot embers and laying on a bed of nails. 

While researchers say it’s now been proven a myth that we only use 10 percent of our brains, some of us go around acting like we don’t use any of it. Instead of calling us “lazy bones,” we’re lazy brains. Combine that with being hardheaded and we’re determined to do life our way.

But God’s plans seldom coordinate with our plans … ever notice that?

I practiced lazy and careless thinking (12-step programs call it “stinkin’ thinkin’”) for so long that it took nearly a year to set my mind on a good and right and healing path – to set my mind over matter. 

Until then, I tried hard, but got discouraged when it didn’t work to read inspirational books here and there, pick up my Bible a couple of times a week, and repeat affirmations and Bible scripture when they came to mind. 

I can’t talk it up enough about how my life changed when, by accident, my mind changed. I not only survived the pandemic, shutdown, and my own personal struggle, but had my best year ever, because I listened to encouraging speakers who pointed me toward God. I read heartening stories about the heart of God.

Doing it once in a while didn’t work, but doing it daily worked like magic. I now practice “mind over matter” intentionally and daily. 

Our brains need a good soaking every single day in good thoughts. 

In This Together,

FYI: I’m blogging my book titled On The Other Side of Trying Hard: Healing, Happiness, and Holiness. Because these blog posts are a manuscript instead of stand-alone stories, some posts may leave you hanging. I hope you’ll hang in here with us anyway ‘cause a happy ending is coming. My blog post title includes the chapter title first. The phrase in parentheses is the subheading. I’m over-the-top grateful to have you here. I’d love to hear your reflections, questions, and comments.

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