Whenever I come back from a longer trip I stroll through my vegetable garden. There are always weeds competing with my lovely veggies. I don’t want weeds, I want veggies. So I will have to spend some time taking out the weeds. Carefully though, one by one, to make sure I don’t mistake a weed for a veggie plant.
The longer I stay away from my garden the more weeds there will be. If I stay away for too long the veggies will disappear in a jungle of weeds.
A garden needs regular attention and care. Simple.
So does your mind. Simple
If you want a clear, peaceful and happy mind, you will need to take care of the empowering thoughts and weed out the destructive thoughts.
Give your mind some silent attention everyday and it will remain beautiful. Leave it for too long and it will become a jungle of thoughts.
Especially in the beginning, when you are just planting your seeds you will need regular attention. After some time, your plants will grow big enough to sustain themselves. You will need less time to take out the weeds. The bigger your beautiful veggie plants become, the less room there is for weeds.
So it is with your thoughts. Take care of the ones that help you maintain your peace and weed out the ones that don’t and the garden that is your mind will stay beautiful.
Once your plants fully mature they start producing their own seeds and new beautiful plants will grow from them. Again, so it is with your mind. Mature, inspiring thoughts spark other new empowering thoughts.
What it takes is regular attention (call it meditation if you want). Pay attention to what you think. Does this thought help me forward or does it hold me back?
How to identify a weed (in other words, a destructive thought)?
It is not always clear which plants are weeds and which ones you want to keep, especially when they are still small. Time and experience will tell, but there are a few guidelines you can follow.
As always, it is better to identify what you dó want rather than what you don’t want. Here are some general thoughts that will generally help you maintain your peace:
- Positively formulated thoughts
- Think in the present
- Make them specific
- Add your emotions to the mix. Feel it mannn.
- Keep them grounded in love
- Think in possibilities
The list could be longer or shorter depending on your personal preferences. Some people say share the thoughts, some say don’t. That is for you to figure out.
I did not really tell you how to identify a weed, but rather how to identify a veggie. Although I would say it is enough to know what you dó have to focus on it is still good to recognise when you are spending your precious time nourishing a weed.
- Thinking in limitations. (I can’t, I’m not good enough, it is too hard)
- (false) Assumptions keep you inside the box and limit possibility.
- Thinking negatively – duh! Not always that obvious though. Is that person really a douche bag or is it your interpretation?
- Blame, anger, envy, self pity etc. Just don’t. See what you can learn from it and change what you don’t like. If you can
- Looking for problems rather than possibilities.
The steps towards growing a beautiful mindgarden are simple – not necessarily easy -:
Cultivate on a daily basis. Set some time apart everyday, even if it is only five minutes, to walk through your mind. What thoughts are there? Nourish the beautiful flowers and take out the weeds.
How do you cultivate your mindgarden? Do you have anything to add? Share in the comments below!