You probably resonate with me in this: Shortly after waking up in the morning, my mind revs up to consider all that’s ahead that day – the appointments to keep, assignments to complete, annoyances to avoid, accolades to receive, adversaries to confront, etc., etc. Such mental gymnastics causes stress to rise, affecting my physical, mental, and emotional well-being for the day. Is there a better way to start the day?
I have been recently trying the art of ‘high thinking’ early in the morning. The art of high thinking intentionally directs the mind to think about things it would not naturally ponder during the day. What thinking is that? I discovered it from the Holy Bible: “. . .Setyourhearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3: 1,2)
In simple context, high thinking is spending about five minutes first thing in the morning to ‘dream’ about things above the usual and mundane: God’s grace, Jesus’ love, heaven, my guardian angel, or the wonderful people I plan on spending eternity with, etc. This kind of thinking is not habitual because they are not natural; they are supernatural. I am discovering how this early morning perspective tames my other thoughts for the day; some heavenly-mindedness produces much earthly good. (Sure, you don’t want to be ‘so heavenly minded and no earthly good.’)
One of my favorite high thoughts is of walking in heaven with the Lord Jesus and my family, awestruck by unfading flowers, gentle lions, rich people diversity, and listening to Him tell me how His grace has been solely instrumental in getting me there. Then I say, “Lord, thank You for Your grace and the mind-boggling place You have prepared for me. I choose today to live as a citizen of heaven and treat every human being as Your son/daughter.”
The art of high thinking is the opposite of low thinking. It’s available, daily, freely, for stressed and chill people. And, IT WORKS😊–