The truth is that we are more than our thoughts. Thoughts can be helpful, but ultimately our thoughts change from day to day, or even from moment to moment. When we think about past regrets or worry about the future, we miss the present moment—the only moment in which we truly can be alive. Yet, we can train our minds in the same way that we train the muscles in our bodies. With training, we can notice our thoughts without allowing them to rob us of our present-moment awareness. With training, we can find amazing freedom to focus on what is truly important to us.
—Sarah E. Bollinger and Angela R. Olsen, The Awakened Life for High School Students: Finding Stillness in an Anxious World, Leader Guide (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
—Philippians 4:8 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
When I am full of worry, awaken me.
When I feel isolated, awaken me.
When I am afraid, awaken me.
God of love and compassion, awaken me. Amen.
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