Tip for living: Change your mind

Published: Friday, Dec. 13 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

Mary Ellen Edmunds introduces herself at the Time Out for Women event in Salt Lake City on Nov. 23.

Christine Rappleye

If people plant seeds, like for carrots or tomatoes, they shouldn’t expect something different to grow.

The same concept is true with our minds, Mary Ellen Edmunds said recently at the Time Out for Women event in Salt Lake City last month.

“Seeds may be planted (in our minds) that we don’t want there,” said Edmunds, an author and speaker, with her signature wit.

When that happens, change your mind.

• Plant good words and weed regularly

And, at times, weeds will grow that unless caught while they are young and easy to pull out, will be difficult to remove later, Edmunds said.

“If we don’t plant good words in our minds and hearts, then evil weeds might grow,” Edmunds said.

In Doctrine and Covenants 88:69, it states to “cast away your idle thoughts.”

Weed out those idle thoughts and plant thoughts of virtue.

“Plant good words and ideas,” she added. What if there was a seed store for the virtues and ideas needed to cultivate? Which ones would you pick?

• Think on purpose

“There are many things we can’t control, but we can control our thoughts,” Edmunds said.

Be careful with what movies and books catch your attention along with what headlines and links you click on, she suggests.

“A mighty change of heart starts with a mighty change of mind,” Edmunds said.

In Mosiah 4:30, King Benjamin counseled his people to watch their thoughts.

“What do you think about when you’re not thinking about anything?” she asked.

Make time to ponder and meditate

“Inspiration comes in peaceful, quiet settings,” Edmunds said.

Making time to meditate and ponder helps give time for reflection and to “let heaven speak to you.”

Pondering leaves time to ask questions and looking at what is working in life and what might not be helping, Edmunds said.

Each person is different in how he or she finds time to ponder and meditate.

Edmunds pointed out that President Gordon B. Hinckley was pondering when he received the inspiration for the design for small temples.

When Jesus Christ visited the Americas after his resurrection, he sent the people home with instructions to ponder (see 3 Nephi 17:3).

“Think more often of him, think deeper, think higher,” she said. “If needed, change your mind.”

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