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  • I've just finished something called a 7-day mental diet. This was suggested in one of my morning readings eight days ago, by Emmet Fox. Old Emmet has been a regular part of my daily reading for a good 31 years now - and a good 31 years it has been! Emmet deserves some of the credit for this, as each day of these 31 years, his writings have had an influence on how my day starts.

    Emmet was a popular speaker on matters spiritual and religious during the Depression years here in the United States. He wrote a number of books with his ideas in them. His books were among those recommended to me when I first began to seriously meditate in the morning. I never knew this until just now, but it turns out that his secretary was the mother of one of the early members of AA in New York City, and many of the early members of that fellowship used to attend his lectures. No wonder he's still so popular in 12 Step Fellowship circles!

    When we first moved into our house on the lake in South Jersey, a friend gave us a canoe. We felt it important to give our new boat a name, and the first name that came to mind was "The Emmet", and so it was dubbed. Many a morning, during our 11 years there, began with me paddling that canoe up the river that fed the lake, into the peaceful quiet of the woods just above us, where I would spend a half hour or so in my morning quiet time, reading Emmet Fox and others, and meditating. It brings back fond memories of that great spot, and that canoe.

    But, getting back to the 7-day mental diet. The idea is to spend 7 days in which you only entertain positive thoughts. Just as you pay attention to what foods you eat, especially if you are trying to get more healthy, physically, in his mental diet, he suggests that what you think becomes what you have in your life. If you think only positive thoughts, you will find only positive things in your life.

    Of course, it's impossible to do this 100 % of the time. Thoughts come and go, seemingly at will, often seeming to have a mind of their own . How can I think only positive thoughts?

    The idea is, to only entertain positive thoughts. Only dwell on those that are positive. All the other garbage thoughts can come into your head, but just wave at them, and let them go out the other ear. "Thanks for sharing - don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out! See ya later - not!"

    The positive ones are the ones you spend a little more time thinking about, and giving a chance to grow.

    So, that's what I've done for the past 7 days. I don't feel any different. I didn't have any "Ah-Ha!" moments.

    I just looked on the bright side of life for 7 days. "Doo, doo-doo, doo-doo-doo-doo-doo- doo."

    Here's a thought. Why not go for another 7? That's a positive thought - I think I will.
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