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The Quest For Healthier Beliefs
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The Quest For Healthier Beliefs

As a child one thing my folks were consistent in saying was wait until you're older, then you'll understand life. I didn't understand life then and I don't understand life now.

I was like most children growing up. At the very top of my wish list was to have fun, be happy, and enjoy life. That's what I thought life was all about. Now in my adult years I wish I could start over with a clean slate because my distorted thinking has caused distractions to my inner being.

We do ourselves justice when we look back over our lives and see how our habits and beliefs have robbed us of the ability to see reality.

The crime we punish ourselves with is seldom seen. So often we hurt ourselves by stubbornly refusing to change our thoughts and reactions. We often search our exterior looking for solutions that only come from within. Because we become so commitment to our beliefs, the only possible way to experience a break through is through an honest self inventory. If examined closely, a self inventory will show how our beliefs affect our daily lives.

What I've found is my problems and their accompanying solutions stored away inside my mind buried deep within my beliefs. My thoughts and actions based on beliefs that provided a false sense of self. Because I cherished my unhealthy beliefs the pain I felt during the examining process was unbearable at times.

In my re-examine process I used a shovel of spiritual truth and began digging deep within myself eventually overthrowing anything that was contrary to spiritual truth. It wasn't easy and took great practice and courage, but I knew it was the only thing that could convert me from the walking chaotic being I once was into the man I am today.

Years of compressing my feeling with denial, rationalization and justification had come to light. Because of my ability of being honest.

In our quest for healthier beliefs it's important that we approach one belief at a time. If we try to attack them all at once we can become overwhelmed with anxiety. As we do this we experience the comfort that only patients can offer. We must remember our purpose is to become healthy mentally so we can become healthy spiritually and physically.

Our distorted beliefs will eventually become our reality. We began to make choices based on how we think things are instead of on what is. Wisdom has taught me to look at the evidences. Our responsibility is to start and finish a quest that can only be done by ourselves. A mentally and spiritual journey that bring a happier and joyful you, start by adopting healthier beliefs.


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Great article and I am in the process of redefining myself, over the last 5 or so years. I am really enjoying the process and the journey, reading articles like yours helps in that journey. I appreciate the article and look forward to reading more and sharing some thoughts.

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  about 6 years ago
  

Thanks Matt! We have a lot in common. I commented on your article on how you changed your though process in 5 steps. It was exactly what I went through. I'm glad we linked up here as well as Google + and Twitter. I look forward to reading and sharing some more of your work as well.

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  about 6 years ago
  

You make a valid point Arne. What I was trying to articulate was the transition from how I use to think to how I think now. My old beliefs kept me blind to reality, to what is. I agree with you when you say society mold our perception along with the environment we live in. And just like you it was only through my hard fought experiences I was able to accept myself as being human. By looking back at my past I can unlearn some of those unhealthy beliefs I still live by today. I'm blessed we met Arne and I'm looking forward to talking with you more. Have a Happy New Year as well!

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  about 6 years ago

Nice thoughts again Vernon, I also commented on your recent article about slowing down, something I very much agree with ;-) In this one, I wonder if you are going too hard on yourself for your past? Don;t forget how much the society is there to mold you and me into beings they can more easily deal with when we grow up. We are to be "disciplined" to be citizens that do what we are told... At my age I have unlearned so many things I through to be "truths" in order to be at peace with myself ( most of the time), something I guess is only possible thanks to being able to "search, think and make own choices". And I agree that for many solutions, we already HAVE the answers within ourselves. But for me they came only after I had learned from the trial-and-error method, when I started to be conscious about what life COULD be. So many cannot get there (YET?), because they are too busy chasing the next material thing they just HAVE to have....Wishing you a Peaceful, Joyous and Prosperous New Year.

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  about 6 years ago
May1  

Absolutely. We do have to make decisions on our choices and analysis of the actions related to the decision. It is our personal quest towards a mentally happy spiritual journey. Thanks for the fantastic reminder.

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  about 6 years ago
  

Thanks May! I like that you mentioned "our personal quest" because when we self-inventory our decisions and their consequences, that let us know how committed we are to our mental and spiritual well-being.

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  about 6 years ago
  

Thanks for commenting Leonardo! I agree with you that many of our answers to life are spiritual.

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  about 7 years ago
Leonardo2  

i like your last statement about the spiritual journey that bring happier and joyful you...we can find real answers to tough question...if we have found our spiritual journey...that's life!...the Amazing grace offered by God to mankind...nice article Vernon

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  about 7 years ago
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