Think of your mind as a game of chess. There are two sides. White and black, you and an opposition. Each team has a set of players carrying out different actions to obtain one goal. In a game of chess you learn how to protect, defending the weakest player, attack by removing the opposition. Now apply that to life, where you protect the good, in order to manifest it and remove the bad, to clear the path to reach the ultimate prize.
The game goes on till one side takes captive of the King, but which side wins is based on strategy. You think before you move, learn from your losses and use your weaker pieces, the pawns, either as a form of sacrifice or to gain fortitude, by exchanging them for a more authoritative piece once on the other side.
How long this game goes on, determines how quickly you can avoid the obstacles, put the King in ‘check mate’ and if need be, how many risks you’re willing to take.
That’s pretty much the easiest way I can sum up the game of chess in relation to our mental battles.
PLAYING CHESS OR MIND STRENGTHENING GAMES
I would recommend chess as a great way of learning how to control your mind, your actions and conditioning logical thinking through strategic execution. It’s a great game you can learn by yourself online or play the traditional way with another players using the chess board.
PRAYER AND MEDITATION
Prayer and meditation is the best way to centre the mind and focus on our conscious relationship, becoming more self-aware of how we really feel and what’s going on, learning to slow down in a life of busyness, stress and pressurising demands. Fighting our own demons, is basically the war in our minds and it takes more than our own human ability to win it for good. Prayer is realising that we can’t do everything alone and humbling ourselves to our creator showing faith in his strength and power.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.Ephesians 6:12
When I read and share this Scripture verse, it’s always to give strength and clarity into what’s actually taking place around us and within us. We face a lot of conflict not always verbally or physically but spiritually and mentally in connection to our morals and consciousness. Without getting too deep into the science of psychology, everything essentially goes back to our minds, the start and end to all, e.g ideas, thoughts and beliefs.
We must guard our minds and protect them diligently till the end, being mindful of our mental consumptions, what we chose to listen to and digest.
Remember, the ultimate form of control is the captivation of our minds and true transformation is by the renewal of our minds (Romans 12:2).