Sunday, January 18, 2009

Thinking Tree Thoughts :)

One of the things I've really been struggling with and learning and growing in lately is trying to take every thought captive.  Instead of focusing on negative, painful, unproductive thoughts, I've been trying to focus on life-filled thoughts.  I even sometimes imagine little cartoon police officers handcuffing and taking the thought away to the slammer, heehee...  :) It's interesting how God uses trials in our lives to highlight and teach us more fully about His Truths.  Maybe it's just me, but when I'm going through trials it seems as if every time I turn on the tv or radio or open a book or magazine there is someone telling their testimony or sharing what they are going through or a sermon that hits me exactly where I need it most.  This isn't a perfect example of what I mean, but it's been something helpful none the less...  I was reading Jordan Rubin's book, "Perfect Weight America" (okay, side note... I thought he was a scam artist too until I saw his tv program, and his nutritional advice really makes sense!  and was in line with several doctors and specialists we had seen over the last couple of years...)  In his chapter "Think for Your Perfect Weight"  he describes exhaling stress and inhaling peace.  However, I found myself putting way too much focus on whatever I'm exhaling (stress, anger, whatever), when instead that energy could continue to be focused on the positive...  Why not, "Inhale and imagine the peace of God filling you, and exhale imagining the peace of God flowing out of you and covering Jane", or whoever may be enhancing your stress level at the moment...  I know, I know...  seems hokey, but try it sometime...   

I also came across a tv program with a woman guest who is a brain researcher.  She described what actually happens in your brain when you have a positive thought and a negative thought.  She explained that when you have a positive thought your neurons in your brain form in a tree like pattern, but when you have a negative thought your neurons form a bare looking tree with thorns that emit neuro-toxins which effect our physical health... can make us feel achey and tired, etc.  I dunno, I haven't studied the brain, but it sure helps me visualize.  :)  So now I'm trying to think tree thoughts more and more  :)  Now I wanna cute t-shirt that says, "Thinking Tree Thoughts"  :)  

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Okay, so now many of you think I've completely gone off my rocker, but how do you explain taking every thought captive?  What does that look like, how does it play out in your life?


Anonymous said...

WOW what a awesome Blog I never thought about the negative thought and the positive thoughts how it affects your brain. It is almost like when your a child and you roll your eyes or make a funny face your mother would say if you make a face like that it will get stuck that way (sorry my mind gets side tracked). The same with the brain if you think negative your brain shows negative you think positive it springs forth like a tree. Cool Thoughts
Thanks Wendy

Anonymous said...

Hahaha, That's a great thought wendy! I can just hear my mom saying, "Don't think like that or your brain will get stuck that way!"

Eric has told me that researchers have done brain biopsies on serial killers and have found their brain chemistry looks different than a "normal" person's brain... I bet by not taking every thought captive, the serial killers were poisoning their own brains!!!

~ Heather

Anonymous said...

I love your verse, about taking every thought captive, that is one of my all-time favorites! I LOVE IT!!! For me, sometimes I specifically surrender whatever sad or negative thought, sometimes even quoting that verse (2 Cor. 5:10?) I think it is. Also what helps me is I listen to James McDonald on my ipod when I walk or treadmill. I love his teachings, straight from the Bible that really dig deep and make you think. Really good teacher.

~ Christine

Anonymous said...


I love your blog! Your blog helped me put some things that are going on in my life into perspective. I look forward to reading more of your blogs!