Carry what is helpful

February 12, 2024 | 35 comments

What impressions are you carrying around in thought today? Are they helpful? Are they healing? Are they producing a good effect?

When hiking up a mountain, I travel light. I put into my backpack only what I need to hike up and back with success.

Human consciousness is a lot like a backpack. It carries mental items—thoughts, impressions, beliefs, fears, errors, and truths. Some mental items are much easier to carry than others.

Anger, resentment, self-pity, blame, anxiety are heavy items. They weigh down thought, depress energy and thwart quick movement ahead. They need to be discarded and left behind.

Joy, gratitude, generosity, spiritual mindedness, unselfishness, are light items. They make for quick travel and rapid success.

The lighter the load, the easier the trip.

Travel light today. Put on the Mind of Christ—the Mind of God which is filled with spiritual inspiration and heavenly joy.

Take what is helpful. Leave everything else behind.

35 thoughts on “Carry what is helpful”

  1. Thank you Evan! A beautiful reminder to drop the excess baggage!
    It is a lovely sunny morning in the UK where I am and a perfect day for travelling light!
    Enjoy your day, everyone. X

    1. Yes lovely & sunny in the U.K. today – makes the heart sing ❤️ Buddhist saying (approximately): let go or be dragged down.

  2. what a helpful thought today, it reminded me of something I heard years ago “take the best, and leave the rest”
    So grateful for these spiritual views.

  3. Beautiful illustration with the backpack..
    It makes me think that the spirit is light our burdens are heavy.. If we have loaded our mental backpack with mental burdens we can unpack them ( reject them) and with patience, grace, and spiritual understanding move on to higher ground..

  4. A friend, her 10 year old son, my 11 year
    old daughter ,and I , took our bikes to
    Europe from the United States. We had
    small canvas bags on each side of the
    Each morning as we rode off, I mentally
    expressed gratitude for having
    everything needed. No excess baggage
    on the bikes, or in thought. It was such a
    freeing experience.

    I haven’t always kept my mental packing
    as unencumbered, and thus my daily
    take off, notas free and exciting.
    There is a lesson to learn, as Evan
    has said.
    Thanks, Evan and everyone.
    Happy daily freedom of thought.

  5. Thank you for this good advice, Evan. It reminds me of ‘An Allegory’ on page 323 of Mrs Eddy’s Miscellaneous Writings which greatly expands on your topic.

  6. When I was in college my friend and I decided all we really needed should fit in a backpack. We were trying the idea of being minimalist. I can’t say it truly worked as I love books and we kept a few extras in our car trunks.
    I watch my children as they always have so much stuff and are always clearing things out
    That thought of minimalism, only getting what you need has stayed with me. Now to apply it to thoughts

  7. Today’s thoughts should be turned into an article – Sentinel or Journal … it is great !! I like it because it teaches a great idea the way Jesus is said to have taught – by easily understood parables

    1. Yes, Bill, I agree. These thoughts today are absolutely great and so pertinent to one’s view of the events going on in the world and the decisions being made.. Today’s thoughts should be turned into an article for everyone to read! . .

    1. Thank you for sharing your beautiful poem, Ken, and the message today is
      very helpful. Thank you Evan and All. I have been sorting through and
      discarding paperwork and “stuff” I’ve been accumulating and it is very freeing
      to make progress. It is a lightening experience to rid of unneeded things that
      others may be able to use and is a lot like uplifting our thoughts with Spirit.
      Being unimpeded by mortal, material “things” is a great feeling.

  8. A very helpful thought today.Beautifully explained to carry light backpack throughout the day, throwing away the extra baggage. Thanks Evan

  9. Thank you Evan foe today’s SpiritView’s inspiration . I can truly see and feel how burdensome negative energy and thoughts are and this inspirers me to examine my thinking more thoroughly..

  10. Thank you, Evan and all! Yes, we can “lighten” our mental load and thus travel much more easily. Great way to start the week!

  11. Thank you, Evan! The thoughts today have wakened me to drop a mental burden that I seem to have been carrying.. Mental baggage that needed to be dissolved for a more uplifted view. I’ll repeat Bill’s idea that these thoughts be turned into an article for either the Sentinel or Journal.

  12. I’m up to my ears again in condo business (again, still) and today’s Lift was exactly what I needed for this day – as they so often are! I’ve done what I can do for this day, knowing that follow up meetings will have all the input I could provide. There are other issues that I’ve been carrying but they should not be mine. Other people have responsibility for those things. Now I need to get all of that out of my backpack and know that God is providing all that I need for this day and every other day. Thank you!

    1. Agreed Richard. There is a saying that Less is More. Less material mindedness equals more spiritual abundance and freedom.

  13. Thank you, Evan.
    Isaiah 40:31
    “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

  14. With a lot of paperwork gone through today, the extra baggage of yesteryear is
    great to get rid of. At the time, it was very disturbing, but now is just like a blur of
    mortal mind’s supposition of reality. I like the saying, but don’t know who wrote

    “One of the only times you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come.”

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