April 24, 2012

Lots of serial e-mails come with the option to unsubscribe.  I get a number of them from organizations I appreciate or support.  Sometimes though, their sheer quantity overwhelms the e-mail that’s more important and that really needs my attention.  I’ve recently unsubscribed from several that I realize I just don’t read.  But I don’t miss them and I appreciate a freer inbox.

Your thinking is a lot like your e-mail inbox.  Lots of times it’s stuffed with interesting (or not) stuff – or maybe just repetetive stuff – or stuff that actually distracts and detracts from more substantial or more real or more progressive thoughts.  Worry can take up a lot of space in thought.  So can anger or blame.

What if you were to “unsubscribe” from those kinds of thoughts?  What if you just chose to think the thoughts that made a difference?

There is a way to do that.  It’s called standing porter at the door of thought.  Mary Baker Eddy explains it more thoroughly in Science and Health (see page 392).  But in a nutshell, it’s about realizing that you don’t have to entertain all the thoughts that come a knockin’.  Really.

Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link.  If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.

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