Mind Over Matter

DSC_0455Mental outlook and attitude can overcome physical circumstances and situations

Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be. Thoreau

The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances. Martha Washington

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing. Lincoln

   It is said that reality is our perception of it. We live in two worlds. There is our personal reality. We create and live in it individually. It is our private universe. There is group reality which is created by all of us; the overlapping, intersecting and coming together of the group’s beliefs is reality by default. It may not be true reality. We find ourselves living and existing in both worlds. Are our realities real or imagined? In additional to the mental aspects of reality, there is the physical; the real world circumstances and situations surrounding us. The mental world in which we live is more important to our well being than our physical circumstances.

    The phrase “mind over matter” implies we have individual mental ability to overcome, control and make the most of our physical circumstances. Another way of looking at this is attitude is more important than circumstances. A person can have the best circumstances, a utopia; a perfect situation which leaves nothing to be desired. If our personal concept of reality does not see it in the same way, even though the collective concept is that it is perfection, it can be horrible and undesirable to us. When it gets down to us individually, it does not matter what group thinking is, what is important is how it is personally perceived by us. If we have a personal and interactive relationship with Harvey, the rabbit, even though Harvey does not exist in the minds of anyone else, he still is alive and real in our mind. He is our reality. Personal reality trumps everyone else’s reality.

     We create our own unique reality. It is the combination of physical circumstances, our mental abilities and mental approach to how we exist in our own individual universe. In many respects, the outside world’s view of our reality is of minimal influence or importance, but we are affected and influenced by what others say and do. It either reinforces or undermines our personal beliefs and perceptions. The stronger and clearer our concept of our reality is, the less the outside world can influence us. The saying that advocates making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, says it well. Our mental approach to life is far more important than our physical circumstances. We can always improve the circumstances around us if we have control of our mind and attitude.

Challenge: Attitude and perception is something you must manage. If you are not managing and controlling what is going on inside your head, you may be existing in a world that is totally foreign to everyone else. There are both good and bad aspects to this. You control whether or not you make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, or you can determine you are nothing but victimized by life’s circumstances. It is your mind that really matters.

Wisdom: Everything can be taken from a man but … the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. Victor Frankl

Spiritual: (NIV)

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

In the spiritual sense there is only one reality and one truth. All truth and reality originates from God. In our limited ability to see the world as it really is, we are very prone to be off base and see things in the way that makes our world more comfortable whether real or not. We have the ability to rationalize, justify, or imagine reality as we want it to be. When it gets down to it, wrong is wrong, truth is truth. God is the source of all truth.  

Prayer: Help me to overcome my misperceptions of the world. Help me to see the real truth in all things.

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