If you’re expecting some thoughts on climate change as it relates to the overall temperature of the planet and toxic gases, then this blog will disappoint.
I am using the word climate as describing the prevailing opinion or feeling, within a people group or locale.
Thoughts and feelings produce a climate that is both internal, within the mind and heart and external, within our contexts. I believe that this climate needs to be ‘barometered!’
A daily checking of this barometer of the climate within our hearts and minds is vital to every kind of health – spiritual, mental, emotional, relational and our potentiality and creativity.
The prevailing climate of our minds and hearts directly affects all aspects of our lives and interactions with others.
As a man thinks within his heart so shall he be. Proverbs 23:7.
The thoughts within our hearts directly affects who we be and all we do, attempt or will not attempt, flows from our being.
In a nutshell all doing or attempting flows out of who we be.
Who we be is built and sustained by prevailing thoughts, feelings and decision, we’ve internalised !
The climate within is directly influencing the atmosphere and weather without.
Ever experienced a feeling of deflation and elation when certain numbers come up on your phone.
Our bodies and emotions reacting to internalised thoughts, which affect our energy levels and attitudes.
I am reading a classic book about enthusiasm and how it is a vital part of wholeness and soundness of being when I come across a discipline of mind and heart the author called mental ventilation!
It fascinated and then resonated with me and I realised that I used to practice this discipline but had let it slip.
The core dynamics the author shared where of lumping and dropping those thoughts and feelings that like toxic gases affect our inner climate.
It reminds me of the truth of Proverbs 14:30 – a heart at peace gives life to the body but envy rots the bones!
Peace and envy are strong feelings and thoughts that give or take from us at the bones and body levels.
We cannot let enthusiasm in when the inner climate is being controlled by dark, gloomy and negative thoughts. Hate, prejudice, resentment, bitterness, cynicism will blanket our inner minds and hearts and we will have a greenhouse effect building within.
Is it time we ‘opened a window’ in our life?
Is it time to ventilate and change the climate?
In the book the author is struggling mentally and meets a man he knows who always seems to have a underlining enthusiasm but not the smiley annoying type!
He asks him how he manages this attitude and the answers he daily ventilates his mind.
His discipline, which was always before he went to sleep passed through three stages –
Through stage one the man briefly went over the unpleasant instances of the day: sharp words, insinuations or harsh or hostile acts said and done by others.
Stage two he reviewed his own mistakes, errors our stupidities. He then added any disappointments, frustrations and every form of unhappiness. Having lumped all these together, he dropped them from his mind. He let them go and let in fresh air!
This practice reminded me of two core passages that command disciples to ‘get rid’ of certain thoughts and emotions. Eph 4:31 & Col 3:8
Through this discipline of mental lumping and dropping I would add something – forgiveness.
The daily practice of forgiving others and myself is vital to all aspects and levels of health.
The English are obsessed with the weather.
This Englishman isn’t.
I am a ‘disciplined barometer checker of the climate within!’
I daily open a window because I do not desire an inner greenhouse climate!
The opposite of focus is distraction.
To blend or amalgamate into a whole, through heat. Central to fusing is intensity, which is about concentration and application, all directed to a single point.
“His personality began to focus, his powers to fuse.” 1
The Bible has one word for this: wholehearted!
The realities, resources and reign of God, entering and transforming our ‘earthly contexts.’
It is the committed and wholehearted, who are changing the world, whether they are doing it for good or bad!
“Throw your heart over the bar, the rest will of you will follow!”
It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always, not just when I am with you. Gal 4:18
Is what we desire from our ego, or is it Father saying “here you go!” I want you to have this or do this for me!
I believe that God gives me the power to attain what He’s brought to my heart and mind. I expect the best and with God’s help I will attain the best! 2