Power of Right Thinking

"Mortal mind and body are one." So writes Mary Baker Eddy in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 177). Despite an unbelieving, prejudiced world our Leader with patient, unselfed, steadfast courage and love demonstrated with scientific accuracy the truth of this statement; and Christian Scientists, in the degree they understand her revelation, are demonstrating this spiritual verity.

Today the medical profession quite generally admits the close relationship between the human mind and body; that is, it sees the effect that thinking has on the body. Grief, discouragement, self-pity, anger, hatred, or fear, it agrees, weakens the human body, causing congestion or friction, whereas joyful, unselfed thinking relieves tension. Such sayings as "pale with anger," "paralyzed with fear," "sick with worry," are familiar to most of us. In Proverbs (17:22) we are told, "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones." And we are also told that as one "thinketh in his heart, so is he" (Prov. 23:7).

Through Length of Days
May 17, 1947

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