Evil thoughts are cast away only by good thoughts

 

The best way to clear your thoughts is to have a main thought that you should focus on, and ignore the coming evil thoughts and encouraging the good ones. The best method to do that is by saying this prayer “My Lord, Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, the sinner!” in order to attract good thoughts.

How to strengthen ourselves in the unseen warfare against evil thoughts?

The best way to clear your thoughts is to have a main thought that you should focus on, and ignore the coming evil thoughts and encouraging the good ones. The best method to do that is by saying this prayer “My Lord, Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, the sinner!” in order to attract good thoughts.

An evil thought can be cast away only by a good one. Of course that we should avoid the opportunities leading to bad thoughts, otherwise you will multiply them yourself, and thus we will be able to speak about the peace of the soul only after some time would have passed.

(Translation from Arhimandrit Teofil PărăianIubirea de aproapele – ajutor pentru bucuria vieții, Editura Doxologia, Iași, 2014, pp. 73-74)