Genesis 3:19 tells us that we come from the Earth and that after we have died we shall return to the Earth. This being the case it seems reasonable to think of ourselves as gardens. If we cultivate, plant, weed, tend, and pay attention we should find ourselves living in a beautiful garden. But if we neglect our garden…
To create a garden you need to decide just what it is you wish to grow. This decision will force you into other choices. If you wish to grow water lilies you need to create a pond. If your passion is Dragon Fruit bring on the sand and create great drainage. Of course, as any gardener will tell you, planting good seeds is not quite enough. Matter of fact it is just the beginning. Watering, composting, weeding, staking, and constant attention are all needed for the garden. You have to be mindful of your garden As the seasons change you need to do different things. If there is too much rain, create drainage. If there is a drought find a watering can. Bugs? Well you get the idea.
The garden of our mind requires the same attention. Mindfulness is the hoe, the watering bucket, and the compost of the mind. if you want a mind full of anger and hatred plant and tend the seeds of anger and hatred. Do you want a mind full of love and compassion? Then plant the seeds that will produce the plants that will bear the fruit of love and compassion. And as with the botanical garden the garden of your mind needs constant mindfulness.
Every day, every hour sometimes every minute brings a new opportunity. An opportunity that can produce either anger or love, hatred or compassion. How you water, compost, weed and stake your mind will decide the success of your minds garden. Consider these words;
‘A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.’