Our mental home

The content of the thoughts we entertain is essential to our well-being.

There is no place like a good home, where we can be ourselves and enjoy peace, love, refuge, and stability. But there is another kind of home that, if tended to and watched over, provides us with comfort, rest, health, and harmony. This is our mental home—our consciousness. 

If we take an hourly mental inventory, we find that most of us are constantly entertaining a variety of notions or suggestions. Our thoughts move fluidly from one thing to another. We may be focusing on a task and then suddenly be daydreaming about dinner or becoming annoyed with the whistling of a coworker. Some thoughts may appear innocuous, such as imagining ourselves at the beach, while others, such as sensual, lustful, or unloving thoughts, may lead us down a road of pain, sorrow, or addiction. It takes discipline to govern our mental home, and to entertain ideas that lead to good and not evil.

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