When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of peace. A thought of hatred must be destroyed by a more powerful thought of love. — Abdu’l-Bahá
In these times of seemingly increasing strife and conflict, and both apathy and contention… these words are quite powerful and important. Still, I am thinking, this day, that they speak to a simple and vital process for growth in all things constructive.
We do not break habits well. We struggle. What if breaking a habit was as simple as making a new one? What if each time we were prone to do one thing, we replaced that action with another? What if we made the singular commitment that each time we felt driven to conduct some action, we chose another action in its stead?
I have read and heard that it takes some 21 days to create a habit. Find some habit that you wish to change. Decide not to break it but replace it. Let your practice be not one of simply “stopping” but “changing”. Let the power of both commitment and practice work for you. For these next 30 days, choose that something that you wish to change. Decide into what you want that habit to change. Then, each time you feel moved to perform the old habit, perform the new. Change it.
See where that takes you.
In the meantime, I might strongly suggest that “When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of peace.”
Peace, passion and prosperity.
Barry Lewis Green, The Unity Guy™