Cultivate Your Mind

“We’re like a gardener with a hose and our attention is water – we can water flowers or we can water weeds.”
Josh Radnor


I don’t know if you’re a gardener or not, but if you are you’ll probably have experienced the frustration where winter is over and you finally venture out into the garden after many months of neglect, only to discover the garden filled with weeds. And, as we all know, a weed is just a plant that we do not want! It can seem like an overwhelming job and some of us may decide to go in, have a cup of tea and forget all about it. You might be one of those people who likes to get stuck in and start tackling it all straight away, or you might make a plan to sort it all out another time … either way it’s there, lurking at the back of your mind as something that needs doing, however hard or easy it is to try and forget.

This is like the mind. Each thought or concept we have is like a plant in the garden of our mind. The more focus we give each determines how large they become, flourishing or withering depending on how we respond to them. Now, the question is – are you giving your  time and energy to your positive thoughts or those negative weeds that have crept in?

Sometimes, people have trouble identifying what are weeds and what are not. Ask yourself, is this thought benefiting my life? Is it helpful? If not, remove it! You are the one in control of your mental garden and you alone can choose what you want to be in there and how you want it to be. Once you have identified what is in there, what you want and what you don’t want, then you can begin to rid yourself of anything that does not help you in your life. The added bonus of removing those negative thoughts is that you then have more room to add in positive thoughts that will enhance your life and bring you a peaceful and tranquil mind space.

Don’t be overwhelmed. By removing one weed at a time, you will soon start to create a beautiful mindset.



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