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To Ruminate.

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    “The patient feels ill, ruminates, and the trial commences.” Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy, page 430

    “Ruminate: to think again and again;” Websters 1828 Dictionary

    “Rebecca Knight said in the Harvard Business Review, rumination is the tendency to ‘repetitively mull over a thought or problem without ever coming to a resolution.’ It’s not only ‘unhealthy,’ but it’s also an ‘unproductive’ behavior that prevents us from solving problems.”

    I realized any unhandled negative fearful thoughts repeated over time may seem normal but they are a form of rumination. In the past I thought of rumination as repetitive thoughts taking place at one time. Now I see it is the “again and again” that is the problem. Not long ago my Plainfield practitioner reminded me that I needed to “stand guard to anything that is unlike God.” Don’t open the door to any of it. “The past is over and has no power so go forward!” This stand for the Truth is productive, has healing as a resolution. and is able to solve problems. Which court case do I want?


    “And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand. And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.” (Acts 28:3, 5)

    “He shook off the beast into the fire…” Paul didn’t ruminate, and ask himself “Why is this happening to me? What have I done wrong?” He just shook it off, and went on with right thinking and “Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence.” What a good lesson this gives for us all, to not ruminate when some untoward thought or incident tries to fasten itself upon our thinking, claiming to be real and have power. Just confidently and persistently declare God’s Allness, and shake the “beast” off.

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