I ended my last post by saying, “Understanding the power I have to control which words I allow to affect me has been intriguing, freeing and empowering, both in the spiritual sense and in the physical sense.” Oh to be free from the power of unkind words! The great news is that once we deeply desire and long to rise above their power – we can!”
Living in the power of the Spirit means different things to different people. To many the greatest power the Spirit offers is the expectation of the miraculous. I am not at all discounting this, however, if we fail to aknowleget the power of the Spirit in our daily lives we’ve missed out in a big way! “Peace I leave with you.” This is a gift! A gift to be used and appreciated daily. Speaking of miraculous…. to actually receive that gift – a life of peace – would it not be miraculous for most of us? Sadly most refuse to accept it, choosing to dwell more often on Words That Hurt than on words with healing power. Yes, it takes effort. Nurturing and developing our gifts does take effort. . . I’m thinking about the really cool iPad accessories I got at Christmas that I opened, but have failed to learn how to use (sorry guys.) Funny thing is, they would be useful and appreciated if I put in the effort to learn how to use them.
So we’ve been given this gift – peace. Do we make use of it, appreciating what it can do for us? Or do we allow hurtful words that were said once to replay in our minds and hurt us a million times?
In the physical realm, I love the study of the brain. Dr. Daniel Amen has has proven that “negative thinking actually shuts down the coordination of our brain.” Inferring that when we choose to dwell on hurtful words we cannot live out the potential we have. That is quite sobering! You may have seen Dr. Amen on PBS or read some of his work. He has all kinds of tips for fighting off hurtful words. One that is easy to put into practice is “…bring your attention to the things you are grateful for in your life, your brain actually works better.” This doctor actually looks at people’s brains and has done the research to substantiate this claim. Hmmm… “give thanks in all circumstances” seems like I’ve heard that somewhere before. And to think… it’s for our own good!
If you have tips that help you fight off hurtful words, please share. Your journey may help someone.