A guest post written by Kathleen Osborne from Riverside, California
The other day a headline in the Wall Street Journal caught my attention. In super-large type it read “Speak No Evil.” The article itself was about how to give a speech, but it got me thinking about the adage, “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” and how this might relate to health and harmony.
As plenty of evidence suggests, negative (i.e. evil) thoughts cause undue stress, often resulting in illness. Positive (or we could say spiritualized) thoughts can contribute to good health. I am a firm believer in this power of good. The Bible supports the idea that well-being is a mental condition, which Jesus understood when he healed “those oppressed of the devil.”
The word evil is not used lightly, and I wanted to get a clearer picture of it. I got out the dictionary. Many of the definitions of evil are what you might expect: immoral, depraved, corrupt, unwholesome, vicious, etc. But, unexpectedly, there were also more definitions at the end that surprised me: marked by anger, irritability, irascibility – and even more surprising – accompanied by misfortune or suffering, sorrowful. Knowing that being angry, irritated, or sad was evil, as clearly stated in Webster’s, had a big effect on me. Irritation seemed to be part of my daily experience and I realized that I was “speaking evil” without even knowing it.
This realization has given me tremendous motivation to watch my thinking more closely and will promote better physical health through healthy thinking.