Injured muscle healed

Earlier this year, I was weight lifting and performing squats. I proceeded with my normal repetitions and incrementally increased the weight with each set. During the third set of squats, I lowered my body into the full squat position and felt pain in the inner part of my leg. It appeared I had pulled or torn the muscle. I immediately concluded the training session and began praying to eliminate from my thinking the suggestion that I was made of matter, and therefore susceptible to injury.

The pain was severe enough that I began limping, and I realized that I was really giving power to a suggestion of existence in matter. I thought about “the scientific statement of being,” a powerful spiritual statement written by Mary Baker Eddy that appears on page 468 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. The first line, “There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter,” was my focus. I asked myself, “Does a muscle have intelligence?” The answer seemed obvious to me: How could it? I then asked, “Would God ever create me, His spiritual idea, flawed or less than perfect?” Again, the answer had to be no. These statements reminded me that my real existence didn’t have anything to do with matter at all; I reflect only spiritual qualities such as strength and control. I continued my prayer until I fell asleep, about an hour after the incident.

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