Your Mind as a Garden - A Constructive Way to View Your Thoughts
In this brief writing I would like to offer you a very constructive way to view your thoughts in your life. Anyone who wishes to have a more empowering and purposeful life must first take their thoughts very seriously, for they are the birthplace of all actions and results. Hopefully these analogies will be helpful to you; they certainly have been for me.
Part One: Your Mind is a Garden
Your mind is like a garden; you are the gardener and caretaker, and you are the person who chooses what kinds of plants, fruits, and cops grow in this garden. You can choose to either cultivate a beautiful and abundant garden, or a wasteland of weeds and rotten fruit.
Part Two: What Seeds Are You Planting?
If the mind is a garden you must constantly ask yourself; What seeds am I planting? Seeds are constantly being planted in ones mind in the form of our thoughts, the images we view, books we read, information we process, websites we frequent, and the people we surround ourselves with. Look at every thought or action as a seed that you are planting in your mind. This seed, if nourished in your mind, will eventually grow up and become stronger. No matter how small or insignificant the seed may be, if you give it time and care it will soon grow roots. After a while this thought will bear a fruit, which brings me to the third part of this analogy…
Part Three: What Fruits Are You Producing?
James Allen, author of the classic book As a Man Thinketh, wrote that “good thoughts bear good fruit [and] bad thoughts bear bad fruit.” Your mind is constantly growing fruit, and whether it is good or bad all depends on you and your thoughts and actions. Don’t be fooled by the seemingly innocent and insignificant thoughts that you think every day. These thoughts will grow fruit that may turn out to be quite rotten. For example, if you start to think negative thoughts about your relationship it is very easy to let those thoughts run wild, and eventually you will act on the negative thoughts that have received such nourishment in your mind. Every action or result in your life is a fruit of the mind, and if you look at both the good and bad results in your life you will find that they often started with a simple thought, and over time that thought was given attention, which lead to actions, which lead to results; good or bad. This leads into part four…
Part Four: Mind The Weeds.
If you don't take care of the thoughts that weigh heavily in your mind you will soon find that weeds begin to overtake the garden. Always remember that weeds don’t require any help to grow; they come naturally. It takes much more time, effort, and nurturing to grow good fruit, but weeds require little toil. If you are not careful you will surely fall into the trap of allowing weeds to run amuck in your mind. The life of the wise is far more intentional than the life of the foolish, for the wise man must constantly watch for weeds in his mind, but the foolish man may sit back and allow his weeds to grow without much of his help. Good virtues are more difficult to cultivate in the mind, but they bear much sweeter fruit than negative habits and vices, which are easy to grow but can only ever bear rotten fruit.
Part Five: How Often do You Tend to the Garden?
You must be a careful and attentive caretaker of your mind. Pull out the weeds, and fertilize the good plants. Never allow a weed to creep into your mind, for with every weed comes the possibility of a ruined garden. Make sure that your garden is full of delicious and sweet fruits, and give each good plant the gift of time and attention. A gardener who neglects his duties will soon return to find that weeds have overtaken the beautiful plants that once grew beautiful flowers and fruits. This gardener will soon learn the lesson that prevention is far easier than cure. If you will pull out the weeds in your mind as soon as they appear then you will never have to know the pain of starting anew. If you let the weeds grow free you will soon be overrun, and the work involved with cleaning your garden will compound upon every new day. So be a good caretaker of your mind.
I have often found that the best way to understand life is through stories and analogies. This analogy of the garden has been very helpful to me and I hope that it can give you the same empowering vision for your mind. If you will treat your mind like a garden that can bear good or bad fruit, depending on the thoughts that you give power, I can guarantee that you will be much more careful with the influences that you allow to come into your life.
At the moment your life is one big combination of your experiences, thoughts, relationships, and visions, and if you understand this then you will also understand that by changing any of these factors you can immediately change the results (fruits) in your life. Don’t be careless with your mind; it is the one thing you have the power to control. Those who understand this truth are well on their way to experiencing the rise to the good life.