Contemplation helps us to non-judgmentally become aware of what thoughts are sticking to our brains that do not serve us and what thoughts are slipping away from our brains that need to be reclaimed. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Phil 4:8).
My mind’s patterns leave me wanting:
desiring, chasing, emptied.
My mind’s patterns leave me heavy:
toyed, taunted, reacting.
My mind’s patterns leave me lonely:
lost, longing, lacking.
Transform them, my God,
through silence, stillness, and solitude.
Conform me, God, to embody
love and hope, grace and truth.
Spend some time in stillness. What negativity rushes into your brain? What spiritual truth combats that lie? In time, try to hold onto more truths and let go of more lies.