Mind gardening

August 31, 2008

I have neglected my garden this year, and not only do I now have sections overrun with weeds; but because I wasn’t vigilant, certain ones crept in unnoticed. These rogue plants and tree seedlings would have been easy to take out if caught early on. Now they are stubbornly entrenched and require a lot of energy to remove.  And because so many of my weed plants have reached maturity, removing them actually causes their seeds to release, so that I’ll have a whole new crop vastly multiplied to contend with next spring.

The idea of comparing the gardening of one’s flowers to gardening one’s soul is not new. Still, this morning whilst dealing with all the weeds, some new connections occurred to me.

Of course one needs to catch weed seedlings early and pull them out before they gain the upper hand. This applies as well to catching unwanted habits early and nipping them in the bud before they get firmly rooted.

This last point also is true for bad thoughts, which when allowed to root, then go on to ripen and throw off their negative seed children.  It is much better to train oneself to not follow negative thought chains, and to turn to tending the healthy, beautiful plants in one’s mind garden.

But you can’t ignore the negative thoughts, you just have to train yourself not to dwell on them. And when you’ve decided whether they add to the beauty and variety in your garden or not, you can either remove them or leave them to grow. But check on them from time to time to make sure they don’t take over!!

2 Responses to “Mind gardening”

  1. Kay Pere Says:

    Hi, Sarah:

    Just wanted to let you know that your recent blog posts about weeds and illness had inspired me. I included links back to you from the 9/18/08 entry on my blog.


  2. szoutewelle Says:

    thanks for the mention, glad you got inspired. I think there are a lot of parallels in our paths as artists trying to find a way that makes sense and keeps our integrity.
    keep well!

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