The Art of Life|Apr 4, 2007 4:08 PM| by:

The Beauty Way

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I guess I’m likely to put anything in my body!

I love spicy foods and Mexican foods in particular. I’ve “treated” friends to my favorite homemade spicy dishes. A typical reaction to a dish bathed in my hot sauce goes like this: they smile and enthusiastically try a bite; their eyes open far too wide and they begin to sweat profusely and reach for the water to put out the flames in their stomachs; then, when voice and reason return, they nod and politely say, “Tasty.” They often don’t come back.

One person commented, “I’ve heard of people who preach hellfire, but you’re the only one I know who hands out samples.”

Well, maybe it’s not quite that bad, but I’m likely to eat most any kind of food. And though I exercise regularly, my body is starting to tell me to be more selective in my diet. I like the woman who stepped off the scale and was asked by her husband what the verdict was. “According to the height table,” she replied, “I should be about six inches taller.”

But more important than the food we put into our bodies are thoughts we put into our minds. Thoughts of bitterness like, “I hate her!”

Thoughts of despair like, “I’ll never be happy again.”

Thoughts of fear like, “I could never do that!”

And thoughts of worry, thoughts of greed and thoughts of self-loathing. A constant diet of these killer
thoughts will destroy us long before cholesterol.

The Navajo people have an expression for this. They traditionally believe that how they fill their minds will shape their lives. So they want to fill their minds only with that which is good, harmonious and edifying. They speak of “thinking in the Beauty Way” — ridding their minds of all that is destructive and filling them with that which is good and peaceful. The Beauty Way is the way of love and contentment, peace and kindness, patience and courage.

What are you putting into your mind? James Lane Allen has said, “You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” Fill your mind with life-affirming thoughts and tomorrow will find you further along the Beauty Way.

Steve Goodier

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