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Are imperfect mind(s) & heart(s) easily? controlled..

“Above all the things that you guard, safeguard your heart.”​—PROV. 4:23.

Not a blind heart follower..yeah!(that’s me)
EYES W—I—D—E   O!                 P.E.N.
that’s why it HURTS MUCH: OUCH!!!;(

tribulations come in all sizes, huh? (so does comfort; in various forms)

(don’t be fooled by fleeting ‘healthy'(?) appearances of this infectious-diseased-terminally-ill-world…lying in the power, as Scriptures describe: “the wicked one”.)

it’s going down–heed the warning!

no idiot? to subliminal strategies, eh?!

sobering reading

the term “heart” is used to refer to “the inner person” or “secret self.” (Read Psalm 51:6 and footnote.) In other words, “heart” refers to our private thoughts, feelings, motives, and desires. It is who we really are on the inside, not just who we appear to be on the outside.

5 Consider how our physical health illustrates the importance of who we are on the inside. First, to keep ourselves in good condition on the inside, we must choose a healthy diet, and we need to exercise regularly. Likewise, to keep ourselves in good spiritual condition, we must choose a healthy diet of spiritual food and regularly exercise our faith in Jehovah. That form of exercise involves applying what we learn and speaking about our faith. (Rom. 10:8-10; Jas. 2:26) Second, based on outward appearance, we might think that we are healthy even though we are actually diseased on the inside. In a similar way, based on our theocratic routine, we may think that our faith is strong, but wrong desires could be growing in us. (1 Cor. 10:12; Jas. 1:14, 15) We must remember that Satan would like to infect us with his thinking. How, specifically, might he try to do that? And how can we protect ourselves?

HOW SATAN TRIES TO INFECT OUR HEART
6. What is Satan’s goal, and how does he try to achieve it?

6 Satan wants us to become like him​—a rebel who ignores Jehovah’s standards and is motivated by selfishness. Satan cannot force us to reason and act as he does. So he tries to achieve his goal in other ways. For example, he surrounds us with people who are already corrupted by him. (1 John 5:19) He hopes that we will choose to spend time with them, even though we know that bad associations will “spoil” or “corrupt” the way we think and act. (1 Cor. 15:33; ftn.) That tactic worked with King Solomon. He married many pagan women, and they eventually “had a powerful influence over him” and “gradually inclined his heart” away from Jehovah.​—1 Ki. 11:3; ftn.

storytelling…for centuries…personally, i am selective about what i feed my body…should that be the same with the way i feed my brain?

Satan uses movies and television shows to spread his way of thinking. He understands that storytelling does much more than entertain us; it teaches us how to think, feel, and act. Jesus made good use of this method of teaching. Take, for example, his parables of the neighborly Samaritan and of the son who left home and wasted his inheritance. (Matt. 13:34; Luke 10:29-37; 15:11-32) However, those who are infected with Satan’s thinking can use storytelling to corrupt us. We need to be balanced. Movies and TV shows can entertain and educate us without contaminating our thinking. But we must be cautious. When choosing entertainment, we do well to ask ourselves, ‘Is this movie or TV show teaching me that it is all right to give in to my fleshly desires?’ (Gal. 5:19-21; Eph. 2:1-3) What should you do if you detect that a program is promoting satanic thinking? Avoid it as you would a contagious disease!

spiritually-minded Ones care about/consider such things…things Other than the flesh/the material…aka satisfying selfishness. There is much more to life than money.

Satan also tries to infect our heart by getting us to trust human wisdom rather than Jehovah’s thinking. (Col. 2:8) Consider just one idea promoted by Satan​—that getting rich should be a primary goal in life. Those who think this way might become wealthy, or they might not. Either way, they are in danger. Why? Because they may become so focused on making money that they will sacrifice their health, their family relationships, and even their friendship with God just to reach their goal. (1 Tim. 6:10) We can be grateful that our wise heavenly Father helps us to have a balanced view of money.​—Eccl. 7:12; Luke 12:15.

When to close, when to o  p  e  n…obvious?
To safeguard our heart, we must not only close it to wrong influences but also open it to positive influences. Think again about the illustration of a walled city. A gatekeeper closed the gates of the city to stop an enemy invasion, but at other times he opened the gates to allow food and other supplies to be brought in. If the gates were never open, the inhabitants of the city would starve. Similarly, we need to open our heart regularly to the influence of God’s thinking.

15 The Bible contains Jehovah’s thinking, so each time we read it, we allow Jehovah’s thoughts to affect the way we think, feel, and act. How can we get the most from our Bible reading? Prayer is vital. One Christian sister says: “Before I read the Bible, I pray to Jehovah, asking that he help me ‘see clearly the wonderful things’ in his Word.” (Ps. 119:18) We also need to meditate on what we read. When we pray, read, and meditate, God’s Word reaches “deep within [our] heart,” and we come to love Jehovah’s thinking.​—Read Proverbs 4:20-22; Ps. 119:97. [excerpted reading article: How to Safeguard Your Heart w January 2019]

i think/understand:  it’s wise and powerful to be (selective regarding) and well-aware of my heart-mind influencers/molders…and to safeguard my heart/mind from negative corruption.
3/25/19 @ 7:57 a.m.

 

 

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Lis(z)t..ening

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The way we listen…(or not) or rather the “quality” of our hearing?…it’s not just the working mechanisms of non-deaf ears…it’s the focus of our hearing…how we listen…perhaps, IS how we speak/respond.

We discussed in our previous compassion conversation the role our limbic system plays in assigning emotional priority to auditory input and how our desire(s) determines our listening. Basically, we listen (pay attention/heed) to what we “want” to hear–what has Top Emotional Priority to us individually.

To examine our listening skills, perhaps, we should examine our emotional priorities?! Because listening is learning and unless we can broaden our emotional priority (to include concern for others)…our learning (i.e. compassion) and listening will be limited at best.

Are our desires selfish? Unselfish? For example, if #1 (me) is my top emotional priority then i listen/pay attention/learn and/or practice what will benefit #1! or if my top emotional priority is unselfish and/or concern for other fragile-breathing life…i listen (pay attention and learn and/or practice) what will benefit not just myself, but all breathing-fragile life! [compassion-conversation-2]

Does the heart hearing offer the mind-mouth’s musings?

Talking is one means of learning. Listening is probably a better way of learning! Yeah, you’re correct, I need to listen more, eh? 🙂

Researchers have found that while the limbic system of our brain helps us focus on one thing while sustaining ability to hear various sounds–differentiating between many sounds becomes difficult when it involves simultaneously listening to human speech. When 2 voices compete for your ear to whom do you listen?!

I read this eye-opener point or rather ear-opener: “What we desire influences the way we hear!”  What do you desire? We select the speech we listen to/focus on depending on which one (person) we “want” to hear!

Do you pay attention?…

Part of our regulatory auditory mechanism, which tunes and de-tunes our attention process, is the limbic system. It is responsible for assigning more or less attention to a given auditory input. So, if there are multiple auditory inputs, the input most relevant to our conscious and subconscious mechanism receives top priority. When the limbic system detects new and/or more relevant information, it passes it on to the auditory cortex for processing. At the same time, a certain emotional association is assigned to it. ~The Hearing Journal/Role of Limbic System by Natan Bauman, PhD

Getting our emotions and/or desires under control or not, could hinder or help our learning!:) Let’s hope the voice that wins our listening (and/or affection) is a wise one and not a stupid one!:) Let’s hope this person (voice) is a “true” friend out for our best interests and not for his/her own! Is a True Friend a people-pleaser, ear-pleaser or neither-pleaser?! May be, we should “listen” to the unexpected/unsolicited voices that cross our path?! New, fresh voices could teach new, fresh things. (Of course, be careful/discerning.) [1-compassion-conversation]

i think this is an important point for teachers and students/students and teachers…love…teaching/talking with love and learning/listening with love…enhances the quality, speed? perhaps, pace of learning. When student cares and teacher cares–agape for fellow-fragile-life and when both care enough/enJOY/like/love topic under consideration…”real” progress is made (in pov).

Does a great teacher have great love??

“Never has another man spoken like this.”​—JOHN 7:46.

The Bible gives us glimpses of the impact he made on those who met him. For instance, Gospel writer Luke relates that people in Jesus’ hometown “began . . . to marvel at the winsome words proceeding out of his mouth.” Matthew reports that those who listened to Jesus as he taught in the Sermon on the Mount “were astounded at his way of teaching.” And John observes that the officers who were sent to arrest Jesus returned empty-handed, saying: “Never has another man spoken like this.”​—Luke 4:22; Matt. 7:28; John 7:46.

Those officers were not mistaken. Jesus was unquestionably the greatest Teacher who ever lived. He taught with clarity, simplicity, and irrefutable logic. He skillfully used illustrations and questions. He adapted his teaching to those to whom he spoke, whether they were of high station or low. The truths he taught were easy to grasp yet truly profound. However, these things alone did not make Jesus the great Teacher that he was.

Teachers of the terrible…(aka “terrible” and not terrific teachers)…

LACK GENUINE LOVE!

Among the scribes and Pharisees, there were doubtless intelligent men who possessed knowledge and the skills to impart it. What made Jesus’ way of teaching so different from theirs? The religious leaders of the day had no love for the common people. Rather, they despised them, viewing them as “accursed people.” (John 7:49) In contrast, Jesus was moved with pity for them, since they were “skinned and thrown about like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matt. 9:36) He was warm, sympathetic, and kind. Further, the religious leaders had no true love for God. (John 5:42) Jesus, however, loved his Father and delighted to do his will. The religious leaders twisted God’s words to serve their own ends, but Jesus loved “the word of God”​—he taught it, explained it, defended it, and lived by it. (Luke 11:28) Yes, love permeated the very being of the Christ, governing what he taught, how he dealt with people, and how he instructed them.

We enjoy talking about the things we love. When we speak about something dear to our heart, we become animated and our whole demeanor reflects enthusiasm and warmth. This is especially true when we talk about a person whom we love. Usually, we are eager to share with others what we know about that person. We praise, honor, and defend him. We do that because we want others to feel as attracted to that person and his qualities as we are.

After all, true worship is based on love for God. (Matt. 22:36-38) Jesus set a perfect example. He loved Jehovah with his whole heart, mind, soul, and strength. Having spent perhaps billions of years in heaven with his heavenly Father, Jesus knew him well. The result? “I love the Father,” Jesus said. (John 14:31) That love was reflected in everything Jesus said and did. It motivated him always to do the things pleasing to God. (John 8:29) It impelled him to denounce the religious leaders, who hypocritically claimed to represent God. It also moved him to speak about Jehovah and to help others to know and love God. [excerpted: Imitate Jesus–Teach With Love w July 2009]

Question(s) for Reflection(s):

Imitate Whom?!

(Whom Worthy of Imitation?)

1/10/19 @ 3:00 p.m.

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Daddy-O!

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Pinch me, it must be the end of life as I know it;)…
Must document this occurrence.

My 75+ Father (aka affectionately, by me, as Daddy & Daddy-O depending on context) sent the very first TEXT of his life to me.

I feel so special. 😉 🙂 (Sunday, December 9, 2018)

{Grateful:) Daddy-O has taught me much my whole life. His text teaches never too old nor too young…to learn new ways of doing things, i.e., new tool of communication.}

I’ve been slightly sick/stressed? So, a sweet surprise. We often communicate. Usually in person. Missed seeing Him Thursday evening. I LOVE my Daddy.

Haven’t done much art with Him lately; circumstances. I hope to change that soon.

Saw Him yesterday; Sunday, along with Other Love Ones. 🙂

Coordinates of the heart…matter. (And coordinates of the mind?)

All of us humans have particular emotional needs. Needs must be met. Needs are a necessary for wellness/living healthFULLY.

Love. Respect. Dignity. Compassion. Forgiveness

photo yesterday, Sunday of a tangible generous Gift (a rare treasure from my only female Cousin; one of her most cherished possessions according to Her); am missing the loss/all losses, etc.) i call it/gift– the “flask of Hope” “Judah” this side is a carving of a Lion. Most things i wear hold a significant/symbolic meaning to me: a tangible/visual reminder of an intangible value.

There is the tangible need and the intangible. To me, the most important: our spiritual need. When this is not met, terrible stunting occurs…and MUCH suffering and pain.:(

From my POV:

the terrible(s) = spiritual starvation

the terrific(s) = spiritual abundance

the horrific(s) of humanity aka horrific multi-level suffering of humans/life need to be addressed 1. spiritually then/(and) 2. physically.

(i.e. teach (process) to fish not just give 1 actual fish. Feed for a day or feed for a lifetime. Have a lifetime/expand a lifetime. Spiritual food/physical food essential. Basics.)

the terrific(s) of humanity aka terrific multi-level sweetness of humans/life is result of both spiritual/physical needs met…synchronicity?

Seems to me: cannot address tangible and ignore intangible. Seems to me: tangible problems are rooted in the intangible.

terrific & terrible tears (of joy & of pain)

“milking stones” an easy solve?!

tear

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drop

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12/10/18 @ 12:15 p.m.

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