Matthew 22:37 outlines three distinct components of our being: heart, soul, and mind. Let’s take a look at these unique components. By understanding that our thoughts and emotions affect the body, we have the opportunity to choose our emotional state and become healthier through positive thinking. Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew) said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Let’s take a deeper look into the three parts of our beingness.
The Heart is our Emotional Center
Our heart is our core; this is where we feel and express ourselves. To love God with all our heart is to express emotions lovingly and kindly, not negatively. There are many negative emotions which the heart must be set free of in order to love God with all our heart. Solomon in Proverbs 23:7 explains that a person is reflected from his heart, “As he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
The Soul is our Body
To love God with all our body is to take good care of our body and use it to serve Him. To harm our body and do wrong things with it is not loving God with all our soul. David in Psalm 139:14 reminds us of how amazingly we were created when he prays, “I will praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
The Mind is our Intellect
Our mind is where we think and make decisions based upon all the things we have learned throughout our lives. To love God with all our mind is to learn of His ways, think about His ways, and keep Him actively involved in our decision making process. Philippians 4: 8 guides the thought process, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
To understand the heart further, take a look at a few Scriptures.
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:16
And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will. Acts 13:22
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. Psalm 28:7
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: Proverbs 15:13
God dwells in those who dwell in love. For example, King David was a man after God’s own heart. The person who loves greatly rejoices and has a cheerful countenance, which means our faces reflect our heart condition. Wow! What wonderful Scriptures describing the emotional strength of a person with God dwelling in their heart.
Are you struggling with negativity? Try this simple meditation technique for building emotional strength. It is based upon two Scriptures.
Romans 12:21 “Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Mark 9:23 “Jesus said to him, all things are possible to him who believes.”
Building emotional strength comes through determination to overcome negativity. For a meditation technique to help in the process of doing this, find an energy draining attitude you’d like to overcome in the right column of the following list. Locate the positive emotion in the left column directly across from it. Insert these two words into the meditation sentence. Throughout the day, repeat the sentence a few times in your mind and meditate on it as your energy becomes stronger. When you find yourself repeating an energy-draining attitude, take time to meditate, as soon as possible, for the best results in rebuilding your emotional strength. You will be surprised at how much better you will feel!
Meditation Technique Wording
I am [insert energy building word] when I believe I can overcome being [insert energy-draining word].
For example, using the first words in the chart, the meditation goes like this, “I am loving when I believe I can overcome being hateful.” Using the second words in the chart, the mediation goes like this, “I am joyful when I believe I can overcome being bitter.”
You may personalize this list by adding to it any negative emotion you are having, and using its opposite positive word to overcome it. Leave a comment if you’d like guidance with this meditation technique. May this meditation technique aid you in overcoming negativity.
See the post, “Emotions and Physical Correlations,” for more emotional release techniques.
Research Report, Psychoneuroendocrinology
“A growing body of research shows that mindfulness meditation can alter neural, behavioral and biochemical processes. However, the mechanisms responsible for such clinically relevant effects remain elusive.
Methods — Here we explored the impact of a day of intensive practice of mindfulness meditation in experienced subjects (n = 19) on the expression of circadian, chromatin modulatory and inflammatory genes in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). In parallel, we analyzed a control group of subjects with no meditation experience who engaged in leisure activities in the same environment (n = 21). PBMC from all participants were obtained before (t1) and after (t2) the intervention (t2 − t1 = 8 h) and gene expression was analyzed using custom pathway focused quantitative-real time PCR assays. Both groups were also presented with the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST).
Results — Core clock gene expression at baseline (t1) was similar between groups and their rhythmicity was not influenced in meditators by the intensive day of practice. Similarly, we found that all the epigenetic regulatory enzymes and inflammatory genes analyzed exhibited similar basal expression levels in the two groups. In contrast, after the brief intervention we detected reduced expression of histone deacetylase genes (HDAC 2, 3 and 9), alterations in global modification of histones (H4ac; H3K4me3) and decreased expression of pro-inflammatory genes (RIPK2 and COX2) in meditators compared with controls. We found that the expression of RIPK2 and HDAC2 genes was associated with a faster cortisol recovery to the TSST in both groups.
Conclusions — The regulation of HDACs and inflammatory pathways may represent some of the mechanisms underlying the therapeutic potential of mindfulness-based interventions. Our findings set the foundation for future studies to further assess meditation strategies for the treatment of chronic inflammatory conditions.”
See the post, “Quantum Energy Explained,” for an excellent clinical study about the powerful electromagnetic energy being emitted from our hearts.
Listening to therapeutic music while meditating brings the mind into a state of peacefulness. In order to control thoughts and emotions, we must be peaceful. The most relaxing music I’ve ever heard is by Steve Rees of Calming Harp. Therapeutic harp music is introduced in the post, “Balancing Energy with Music and Color Frequencies.”
Tabernacle Prayer is a full hour of therapeutic harp music for balancing energy frequencies of the body. It is used for meditation and background music for creating a peaceful environment. Frequency music is known for increasing memory and learning ability as well.