Sunday January 16th, 2022 Reverend(s) Glenn and Heather

Hello Folks! Now that we are half way through the month of January, we hope this finds you well, hopeful for a change with regards to Covid-19, and not too discouraged if you’ve had difficulty keeping any resolutions you may have made on New Years Eve/Day.

This message is for folks who can’t keep up the high standards they may have placed on themselves, and also those who have had 16 days of success and don’t know how long they can keep it up! We want you to take note of a system that may give you an alternative to trying, trying and trying some more.

Dr. Daniel Amen is an author who specializes in all things brain related. Knowledge is always key no matter what you attempt in life. He mentions two impulses to be mindful of.

.Anits (automatic negative thoughts)
.Monkey Brain (your brain going off “crazy”in all directions)

Since we have a tendency to do things in 3’s, the third point is our own, with inspiration from our retired family physician.

Ants….you just know what they can do to a picnic or a day at the beach or park. Small and unassuming until they are recognized way too late and are having a party at our expense.

To replace the A.N.T.S, change it. Replace the ants with positive thoughts and with a strong sense of purpose, just like you would do to them at a picnic. Get rid of them by heading them off, thinking other thoughts and make them positive. Envision them marching two by two right out of your brain! There are many positives in life you can bring forward. Don’t give into those ants. Remember you are in charge, and you are in charge of change.

Monkey Brain…..well who hasn’t had their thought process go right off the scale and you weren’t even thinking that crazy thought in the first place! Just like that, you starting thinking of something completely different and next thing you know you have Monkey Brain and you just can’t control it. The more you try, the worse it gets and you are left feeling exhausted and mad at yourself. Sooooo…what to do with Monkey Brain! Live in the moment. Bring yourself back to the present. Stop, literally and even physically! Look at where you. are, at home, in the car, having a shower, walking the dog, petting the cat, talking on the phone, watching T.V., on the cell phone or computer. Just stop where you are and bring yourself back to the present. Remember to tell those monkey’s whose brain it is and send them off.

Now, the third item we want you to mindful of will make your resolutions so much easier, and ease the guilt you may place on yourself. Remember….the good things you do….do more of them.
…the bad things you do……do less of them.

Have a great Sunday! Whatever you do and God Bless!

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