Sometimes the sentences that are most helpful to me are those that cause me to think: Really? Are you kidding? Such a sentence is this one: There is such a temptation to dismiss fear thoughts as unimportant, trivial and not worth bothering about that it is essential you recognize them all as equally destructive, but equally unreal.

Every thought is either fearful or loving. I can tell this because, as Jesus points out, they either bring peace or war–make me feel calm or anxious. I think that a thought like: I wonder what I’ll eat for breakfast–may seem innocuous, but if I follow that thought, it can lead to anxiety about hunger or gratitude for being fed. Ridiculous? I used to think so, but I don’t anymore.



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