Spring is here, finally! Yes finally after a long cold, windy, winter; spring is here. Something so beautiful starts happening very subtly. The barren ground, trees and shrubs seem to turn green. The endless possibility of growth and Life arising out of Dormant is seen everywhere around.
I love gardening, apart from the in house plants I have, the front and back yard gives me endless opportunity to work with Mother Nature. I picked up some of my favorite seeds like Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Tomatoes and started from seed.
Carefully filling the dirt in small containers planned those seeds. Then comes the waiting, you water it, wait, water it, wait and water it. And one fine day you see that magic in front of your eyes, the little seedling breaks out of the dirt and pushes forward towards the sun. It is one of those soul fulfilling moments for me.
Now that my seedlings are ready I was preparing the outside ground. O to my shock and surprise. So many unwanted weeds, where did they come from, I didn’t plant them, nourish them. But there they are.
This whole experience with gardening, reminded me James Allen. In one of his book “AS A Man Thinketh” he describes the mind as the garden.
“Every thought seed sown or allowed to fall into the mind, and to take root there, produces its own, blossoming sooner or later into act, and bearing its own fruitage of opportunity and circumstance. Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bad fruit.
Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts, By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master gardener of his soul, the director of his life. He also reveals, within himself, the laws of thought, and understands with ever-increasing accuracy, how the thought forces and mind elements operate in the shaping of his character, circumstances, and destiny.”
How do we go about with this in practical life?
There are few ways one can cultivate their mind. One way is on a daily basis take sometime to PAUSE and witness the thoughts, identify negative or unfruitful thoughts and disassociate from them. One gains control over the mind by stepping back and witnessing the activity of the mind and correcting the way of thinking itself. This process of witnessing over time reduces the number of futile thoughts.
Then mindfulness helps to develop thoughts and habits that are fruitful for our growth. Every thought, action and speech must be watched and altered mindfully. In the beginning it is a big challenge, but slowly it becomes a habit and a second nature.
One thing is for certain, Men who are Great, is not by accident. Anyone who has become, what they are, has put in a LOT of effort in nurturing their Mind and has beautified it over time. Each one of us has that opportunity. It is not easy, but doable and worth the effort.
Happy Mind gardening everyone …..