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Choose Your Life


Written by Anthony of Sourozh (1914-2003), a writer and broadcaster of prayer and the Christian life. He was a monk and Metropolitan bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church. This is an excerpt from this work “Meditations on a Theme.”

In other words, you choose your life, that is to say, you choose all the conditions of your life, when you choose the thoughts upon which you allow your mind to dwell. Thought is the real causative force in life, and there is no other. You cannot have one kind of mind and another kind of environment. This means that you cannot change your environment while leaving your mind unchanged, nor, — and this is the supreme key to life and the reason for this pamphlet—can you change your mind without your environment changing too. This then is the real key to life: if you change your mind your conditions must change too—your body must change, your daily work or other activities much change; your home must change; the color-tone of your whole life must change – for whether you be habitually happy and cheerful, or low-spirited and fearful, depends entirely on the quality of the mental food upon which you diet yourself. Please be very clear about this. If you change your mind your conditions must change too. We are transformed by the renewing of our minds. So now you will see that your mental diet is really the most important thing in your whole life.


From the Saram Primer, a book of prayers and Christian worship resources from the 1500s, collected at the Salisbury Cathedral.

May the Father, who created all things in the beginning, bless you.

May the  Son of God heal you.

May the Holy Spirit enlighten you,

guard your body, save your soul,

direct your thoughts, and bring you safe to the heavenly country, where he lives and reigns,

God, in a perfect Trinity,

forever and ever. Amen.

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