There are different ways to control thoughts that try to steer your life onto a dead-end street. Gratitude is one of the key ones I’ve practiced. Recently, I read a post from “Marc and Angel’s Hack Life” to use a gratitude mantra to help change your thought patterns.
Many people will hear the word “mantra” and think of it only in the context of the Hindu or Buddhism religions. Even though the use of mantras have its origin back 3000 years as a religious tool, today many use mantras—a word or phrase—as a way to bring about relaxation or a state of meditation.
Marc and Angel recommend recording in a book or journal different mantras to draw upon when you need a spiritual boost. One I like is “God is good all the time; all the time God is good.” Or, state a truth like, “I am happier when I complain less.” Another could be something you know but need to be reminded: “I don’t get all that I want, but God knows what I need.” My favorite from Marc and Angel: “Never let all the things you want make you forget about all the things you have.”
If repeating a few thoughtful words can help put your mind to ease, it’s worth a try.
Thank, Lord, for knowing our thoughts and our desire to change. Amen.