Improving the mental environment at work

"I saw clearly that here was a genuine opportunity for great spiritual growth, which would bless everyone in the office."

Isn't it interesting that when the sky is blue and the sun is pouring its light on the earth, it's easier to feel right about the world? Our thoughts seem to be brighter, less burdened, than when that same sky is overcast.

But do external things truly have power to make us feel happy or sad? What is our relation to our environment? Are we in a certain environment, or is environment something that is in us, that is, in our consciousness?

Consider this arresting observation from Mary Baker Eddy: "Everything is as real as you make it, and no more so. What you see, hear, feel, is a mode of consciousness, and can have no other reality than the sense you entertain of it" (Unity of Good, p. 8). Elsewhere she writes, "The atmosphere of mortal mind constitutes our mortal environment" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 86).

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March 16, 1998

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