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One key of my 3D Living Plan is “rest and reboot.” Rebooting is simply disconnecting from the daily grind and routine for a time in order to recharge your batteries. I apply it to spirit, soul and body but rebooting the soul is critical if you intend to live a life of peace, wholeness and joy. Here's why: Your soul is your mind, will and emotions. The CDC has said that 85% of all illness is caused by emotions. 87-95% of physical and emotional illness has been shown to come from the thought life! How we choose to live actually can influence the expression of certain genes – turn them on and allow disease to develop or turn them off and create health. Do you see why soul health is so critical? Let me offer a few suggestions for each aspect of soul rebooting:
Music can be a very effective tool for rebooting your mind. Music bypasses the conscious mind. It’s better than any tranquilizer or anti-depressant out there!
In my opinion, praise and worship music are the best for this – you can lose yourself for a few minutes in the presence of God. There are also relaxation tapes that have nature sounds and even some that use brainwave audio technology scientifically designed to guide your brain into a relaxed state naturally. Meditating on scripture is also a wonderful way to disconnect from stressful thoughts and reconnect with God.
I suggest delegating responsibilities, worries and problems by casting them on the Lord as He tells us in 1 Peter 5:7. We tend to cast them and then take them back over and over, so this is definitely a process and practice makes perfect!
Here’s another suggestion:
Some experts suggest you schedule a defined, limited “worry” time. Like – take 15 minutes at some time during the day (first thing?) – and write out all the things you are “worrying” about – get them out of your head and onto paper – and then the worrying time is over. Biblically – you can do this and consider you are casting those problems over onto God as He tells us to. So if you choose to do this my suggestion is get a small notebook you can carry with you in your purse or jacket – put these two scriptures from the Amplified, one at the top and the other at the end, personalized this way:
Put this at the top of your page:
1 Peter 5:7: I am now casting the whole of my care - all my anxieties, all my worries, all my concerns for today, once and for all on You, Lord, because I know You care for me affectionately and care about me watchfully.
(Write out your worries here.)
Put this at the bottom:
Psalms 55:22: I have cast my burden on You, Lord, releasing the weight of it, knowing without a doubt that You are sustaining me. You say You will never allow the consistently righteous to be moved - made to slip, fall, or fail – and that is me! I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, by His Blood. I will not slip, fall or fail! Matthew 6:28-34: I refuse to worry about any of these things today. Philippians 3:13, 14: I choose to forget what lies behind and press on toward the goal. Thank You.
Then when you catch yourself worrying about something you already gave God to handle, go back and read the scriptures (that’s why I suggest a small notebook that you can carry with you – you can stop anytime during the day and take 3-5 minutes to get a handle on this). Remember if you give it to Him you have to leave it there for Him to handle it – if you start worrying about it again – you have effectively snatched it from His hands.
Practice being mindful – truly present each moment of your day. It sounds so simple and it should be – but it is more difficult than it seems for most of us. We are in the habit of either worrying about or at least constantly thinking about the future or regretting or reliving the past. We end up on autopilot much of the time not really engaged in the present moment. This will be a process but each time you realize you’ve either jumped ahead to tomorrow or slipped back into yesterday in your thinking – stop and pull yourself back into the present moment. Your thinking drives your emotions and depending on how you feel about tomorrow or yesterday – it will powerfully impact your emotions today and consequently your health. After all, TODAY'S the day the Lord has made!