Each of us is gifted with three minds:
- The thinking mind (which perceives the world and tries to understand it through our reasoning);
- The emotional mind (which experiences the world through the two basic human emotions of fear and trust); and
- The prayerful mind (which is the lifeline to our soul and connects us to the gift of discernment).
Too often we Ping-Pong back and forth between our thinking mind and our emotional mind. We take a situation, and try and figure it out in our heads debating what we think is true. Then we quickly shift to our emotions, often becoming fearful when we can’t figure things out, causing us to feel unsafe.
These two minds become the focus of our attention and the source of much frustration as we become overwhelmed and absorbed in them.
An alternative to this type of frenzied living is to live from the prayerful mind. The prayerful mind is the third part of the triangle that seeks to live in relationship with the thinking and emotional mind. From the prayerful mind, we view our thoughts and emotions as mere information being provided to us, which we use to sift and sort from the place of our soul, so we can come to a place of deeper understanding and determine what the one necessary thing is that we need to do.
The prayerful mind connects us with our Source, the Creator, and provides us with the intuition we need to chart our course in each of life’s events and experiences.
Like Martha in the biblical story, however, we often operate out of only the thinking and emotional minds. As a result, we become worried and distracted by having too many balls in there air, all of which we believe have equal priority. We multi-task—soon becoming overwhelmed and afraid we are going to drop one of the balls we are juggling, and fail.
Jesus reminds Martha that only one thing is necessary in each moment. And because he did not tell her which one, he left it to Martha’s prayerful mind to discern what the one thing was that was necessary in that moment.
We too are invited to shed the cultural myth of multi-tasking. Research has shown it is unsustainable and inefficient. It is unnatural even though society rewards us for it.
Instead, when we live from the stance of the prayerful mind, we step back, view the information from our thinking minds and emotions objectively and are able to use that information in relationship with our prayerful mind to gain clarity about what the one thing necessary is that must be done in any given moment.
Freedom from multi-tasking allows us to come home to the prayerful mind. To live from a place of peace and wisdom because we stay connected to our souls.
 A big thank you to Gerry Toshalis who presented this information at a recent conference titled, “Leadership and Discernment.”