In 2008 Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, a positive psychology researcher at the University of North Carolina, published a landmark paper that provides surprising insights about meditative positive thought and its impact on your skills. Her work has proven so valuable that it is the most referenced and cited in the field.
In her study, she noted that negative thoughts and feelings of fear and anger actually minimizes the cognitive processes of the brain. She found that people exposed to images that stimulated fear and anger in the brain had diminished mental capacities.
There was a stark contrast in participants who saw images that triggered feelings of joy and happiness. They showed significant brain activity and demonstrated to have higher levels of mental cognition and creativity.
The test shows how important it is to cultivate your mind. How you develop your mind determines how miserable or how successful and happy you are.
The life you live is not primarily dependent on outward conditions or circumstances, but rather it's dependent on the thoughts that continually occupy your mind. We've all heard the true stories of men and woman who rising out the poverty tell the world that it's about how you use your mind.
What Dr. Fredrickson and people of all walks life are discovering is an essential fact about human nature. The habitual activity of your mind determines the results of your life. If you actively seek to develop your mind in ways that challenge your capacity in the direction of a goal, you will gain more of whatever you want.
Jesus once said that you would know who a person is by looking at the product, or the fruit, of their life. (Matthew 7:16)
If you mindfully and meditatively adopt a new set of thoughts that empower a future you want, they will take over and remake you changing the product of your life.
Thought changes the structure of your brain and can, therefore, change your life. Thought has proven to heal; it has also proven to make a person sick. You can also think yourself into or out of a situation.
If you cultivate a mental atmosphere that supports the incredible possibilities of life, God's dynamic power will help you to think and grow in any direction. But we're not going to get that from television or social media. We're going to get it from books, audio books, video seminars, audio programs, and anything that is information rich or educational. You reap what you sow. So it's critically important you spend time listening, digesting, and contemplating material that reaps the future you want, and it starts with positive thought.
At this moment your mind is developing potential ideas. Ideas that may prove essential in a new course of life or business venture. The practical use of your God-given mind power can pull you out of any hardship and improve any situation.
The most significant mental habit you can acquire is to mentally adopt positive Bible verses that echo through your entire being with power and stimulates your faith and confidence in God.
The verses you choose must reign supreme over all thought. It must guide your thinking, decision-making, your speech patterns, and your commitment to a new life. It must continuously be rehearsed in your mind, carefully contemplated, and eventually, it must become part of your DNA.
This habit will keep you on track to your destiny and will make you question how you spend your time. Invest your time wisely, and you will profit mentally, spiritually, and physically.
To help you start your meditation journey here are my top ten Bible verses.
1. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
2. But they that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength They shall mount up with wings as eagles; they will run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
3. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
4. But Jesus looked at them and said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible." Mark 10:27
5. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
6. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
7. I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8
8. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
9. You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3
10. Be still and know I am God. Psalm 46:10
Keep a constant thought of God alive in you and the powers God blessed with will burn through the mental strongholds that hold you back.
All things are possible with God.