Published in Miracles magazine (Jon Mundy, publisher).
by Celia Hales
There is no more self-contradictory concept than that of “idle thoughts.” What gives rise to the perception of a whole world can hardly be called idle. (ACIM, W-16.2:1-2)
You are much too tolerant of mind wandering, thus tacitly condoning your mind’s miscreations. (ACIM, T-2.IX.5:6)
You who have so filled your mind with senseless wanderings and thoughts that think of nothing that is real, rejoice that there is a way to end this chaos. (ACOL, C:5.2)
It is a decision to choose to discipline the mind in each moment, to teach only Love, to hold only loving thoughts, and to recognize that there is no such thing as an idle thought, since each thought or perception held in the mind immediately generates your experience. (WOM, Lesson 20, Page 239)
When we let our “monkey mind” (as they say) rule us, we are lost indeed. We recognize that what we focus upon tends to materialize. And when we lapse into idle thoughts, Jesus is telling us that we are veering off track in a major way.
I often say Jesus’ words almost as a mantra when my busy mind won’t slow down, “You are much too tolerant of mind wandering.” I say this when I am trying to go to sleep, and just can’t quite drift off. But the actual damage begins during daylight hours, when we focus on things that are substandard and not worthy of us. These substandard things come to pass because even social scientists know that a self-fulfilling prophecy is at work here.
We might best remedy this situation by a deliberate attempt to bring mindfulness into our daily round. In my estimation, mindfulness means deliberate action, not necessarily slow, but definitely not rushed. I find mindfulness most often in the kitchen. (We all have our favorite places, and cooking is a hobby of mine.) Actually, mindfulness is necessary in every situation. It is easier than meditation, for in mindfulness we can give our minds something to hold on to, the actions that we are undertaking. Meditation, at least traditionally, is particularly hard to practice if we are frenetic Westerners.
But meditation has its place, and stilling the mind, letting the heart speak, is healing. We certainly aren’t letting idle thoughts rule us when we are meditating.
Listen to Jesus’ words, said in all of his best-known channeled works.
Let him speak to us, and our mind will slow down enough so that we listen with our heart. Idle thoughts will diminish, peace will reign.