Changing the way you think is like a locomotive that switches tracks and heads in a new direction, taking the rest of the train — behavior, actions and habits — right along with it. Paul obviously didn't have a train in mind when he offered his heart-felt instructions to the Christians in Rome — but it's still a useful metaphor. Pleading with the Romans to change their thoughts and actions, he said, "I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment" Romans —3. The apostle is speaking about a major mind-shift here.
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The word transform comes from the same basic root for the English word metamorphosis. As larvae go through a radical change to become butterflies, so must we sometimes radically change our minds in order to have a healthy faith and marriage. When we do make this change, we will not think of ourselves higher than we should v.
Transforming our thinking can lead us to the right behaviors vv.
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The right behavior will then lead to the outcomes we want such as peace, intimacy and oneness. The more we understand this principle, the more positive impact it will have on our relationships. One of my good friends, Dr. Gary Rosberg, is one of the most spiritual men I know. When I grow up I want to be just like him. Whenever we're together, talk on the phone, correspond by email or chat after I finish a radio interview on his show, the last thing he always says to me is, "Hey Mitch, guard your heart, brother.
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Using case histories and exercises at the end of each chapter, Mind over Marriage offers practical application of these skills, leading to the development of desirable behavioral traits such as calmness, attunement, and trustworthiness. This novel approach for helping couples restore balance to both their minds and marriages shows us how to use our brains to their fullest capacities, and how to return love to the center of our relationships.
We are learning that emotional sobriety does not come about without the help of some form of the contemplative mind. Well, here is a good teacher of all of the above. Richard Rohr , O. Gregg Blanton wraps his arms around you and your loved one and brings you together in a divine embrace.
Step by step, he builds a foundation of understanding to help you enter into relationships with more safety, trust, and confidence.