Intentional Peace

In terms of effect on your everyday life, one of the most helpful spiritual practices you can pursue is monitoring and choreographing your thoughts the very first thing when you wake up in the morning and the last thing before you go to sleep at night. This important habit will not develop on its own; you must be intentional, going so far as to post a reminder note to yourself, if need be, to help you remember.

Specifically what you bring into your mind to focus on might logically pertain to the area of your daily life or of your spirituality where you would like help. For example, if you feel a need for divine guidance on a decision, you might choose to memorize and repeat the Psalm that appears on the “About” page of this website: “Cause me to hear Your loving kindness in the morning, for on You do I lean and in You do I trust. Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk, for I lift up my inner self to You.” (Psalm 143:8) This is a good one for repeating at night until you fall asleep, and it’s equally good to repeat in your mind and allow to dwell in your heart before you get out of bed in the morning. The real blessings will be felt when the verses or positive messages you have purposefully focused on begin to come to you without prompting when you need them.

Over time, this being in charge of your thoughts can expand so that at almost any point in your day, you have an awareness of what you are focusing on and where your mind is, and by orchestrating what those thoughts will be, you will orchestrate the kind of life you will live.


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