For reasons that may be revealed as you continue reading, I'm keeping it short and sweet with this post. It's a topic that is timely (always timely) and sorely needed right now: when to speak and what to speak.
When to speak: Please heed the guidance of Indian Guru Sai Baba
Before you speak, ask yourself, is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?
What to speak: Well, think about the fact that your words can literally change your brain! I'm not joking. Positive words increase cognitive reasoning and negative words decrease our ability to manage stress because they stop important neuro-chemicals from being produced. You don't even have to say the words aloud for them to have an impact! Having negative words and ideas in your mind increases activity in the amygdala (the fear center) and invites stress-producing hormones to wreak havoc. You don't take my word for it. Neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Newberg (Thomas Jefferson University) and communications expert Mark Robert Waldman have written about it in their book Words Can Change Your Brain: "Angry words send alarm messages through the brain, and they partially shut down the logic-and-reasoning centers located in the frontal lobes." They also write that when we have positive words in our mind we stimulate frontal lobe activity, and the longer you hold onto positive words and concepts the more other areas of your brain will be affected! Ultimately, with time, your thalamus will change and that means the way you perceive reality will be affected.
So think before you speak and choose your words and thoughts wisely. But only if you want to be happy and flourish! That is all.
Peace. Love. Beauty. Happiness. Comfort. Compassion. Forgiveness. Laughter. Abundance. Gratitude. Wonder. Family. Curiosity. Friends. Flowers. Hope. Puppies....
I had hoped to post once a week, and did for a short time. Unfortunately, my doctorate research and other obligations have taken priority over the blog. BUT, I will return soon! Some postings may be articles I've written for publication, messages I've delivered in congregational settings, or excerpts from papers written in my doctoral classes.