Are you tending your spiritual garden?

I came across the little saying below yesterday and felt called to share it.

“Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds, the harvest can either be flowers or weeds.”

Our thoughts often pass behind through our minds without much investigation into their origin, as though these collections of information are out of our control – a simple reaction to something we’ve just experienced

But are they really so un-tamable?

In Eastern religions, particularly Tibetan Buddhism, there is a notion of “cultivating spaciousness or breathing room” between our inner world and any events that are happening around us. It takes lots practice, but if we learn to hold space for whatever the “outer us” is experiencing, we can begin to examine the thoughts, beliefs and patterns that are running through our minds.​  Basically, we need to take a breath & observe the inner garden. Ask yourself

Will this thought help me evolve and blossom or will it set me back?

If it passes this simple indicator, we should nourish it. If it is toxic or doesn’t serve our highest purpose, we know it’s time to set up spiritual shop and trace it down to its roots for further exploration and, and perform some healing work.

“Spiritual life is a lot like gardening. We till and cultivate the garden of our heart, planting seeds of presence, openness and the ability to respect whatever arises. We water each one so the things which are beautiful in us can blossom.” – Jack Kornfield

Master gardeners and small farmers never stop tending their soil, even in times of abundance when the plants are flourishing.  At times of drought, or overgrowth of weeds, we must compost, fertilize & show extra care.

If everything is roses in your life right now it doesn’t mean your inner gardening is done. On the other hand, if you’re going through a rough patch today don’t think it’s too late to start planting new seeds.

We humans tend to get spiritual in a hurry when big life challenges arise, but when the rain clouds part, we get lazy & forget to continue our spiritual efforts. What we often forget is that the deep work we did in the LAST hard times is what sprouted the happy times we’re now enjoying.

At this upcoming season of rebirth, look within at your own plot, where is there a seedling just waiting to be watered? On the other side, are there any “weeds” just waiting to be gently pulled & released back into the cosmos.

Hone up your growing skills & enhance your bounty!