10 Ways To Guard Your HeartAdeshola Ezeokoli
The Book of Proverbs in the Bible says : Guard your heart, for out of it flows issues pertaining to life.
When people hear the phrase “Guard your heart”, they think that means putting up impenetrable walls around yourself to keep from getting hurt. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Guarding your heart means not allowing bitterness, resentment and negativity reside in your soul.
1. Mind your associations/ relationships: Your relationships can make or break you. The people that you associate with can bring positivity or negativity with them. Are your closest friends a constant source of gossip, negativity, and stories about what is wrong with the world? Do your closest associates live lives of bitterness and resentment? Watch out, so that they do not snuff out your light. You eventually become just like the people that you spend the most time with.
2. Watch what you watch, read and listen to: The news. Naysayers. Carriers of doom and gloom. Even the fiction that we watch or listen to constantly has an effect on the state of our heart.
3. Acknowledge and deal with negative emotions: The presence of negative emotions is not a moral failure. The presence of negative emotions is not a character flaw. The presence of negative emotions is not a sign of mental illness. It all just means that you are human. A negative emotion is like a poisonous spider walking into a room. We do not ignore the poisonous spider. However, neither do we burn the whole house down. The most appropriate reaction is somewhere in the middle! The same goes for our emotions. Do not ignore or suppress them, but do not over react either. Suppressed emotions, once they have reached a certain “critical mass” can boil over into resentment that can be hard to recover from.
In what ways do you guard your heart?
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