Did you deliberately plant certain types of seeds that are now growing? Would you be surprised by wayward weeds that may be running rampant?
Does your mind’s garden feel serene? Does it feel a little chaotic and un-manicured? Maybe a little bit of both?
When I work one-on-one with clients and teach my classes, I love using the metaphor of a garden as a way to illustrate how your mind works.
With my beginning clients and students, many are surprised when we start to look at what’s planted in the mind’s garden.
Sometimes you have plants growing fully and magnificently that you enjoy. These represent the aspects of life where you feel fulfilled.
For example, you can have a rose garden representing your romantic life and you feel that everything is in full bloom. Yes, there are thorns, and yet we focus on the fullness of the plant itself.
Other times you might find some weeds that take up a lot of space. The weeds represent the aspects of life that you didn’t intend to grow, but for some reason they’re there.
Weeds can show up as you being in a job that you hate, or the weeds can be the unhealthy eating habits you have trouble shaking.
Weeds are those habits, behaviors and ways of being that don’t serve the highest vision you hold for yourself.
Here’s the beauty, though. The garden of your mind is your garden to care for. It’s all yours!
You get to decide what kind of garden you want.
If you want to get rid of those weeds, you can. If you want to plant healthy-affirming seeds, you can. If you want to create more space in your garden, you can.
You are the gardener in your mind’s garden. You are the gardener of your life.
So here’s your coaching assignment for the week:
- Imagine your mind as the garden of your life. Take stock of the different areas of life as different aspects of your garden: your health, work, relationships, health, personal growth, spirituality, fun and recreation, physical environment, self-care and others.
- As you scan the garden, do you spot the areas that bring you joy and fullness? Can you spot any weeds?
- With as little judgment as possible, bless the garden as it is, including the weeds. The garden has been your life in the making and it has brought you to this exact point.
- Now, begin to envision what changes, if any, you’d like to make to your garden. Spend some time musing the possibilities of what types of seeds you’d like to plant.
As you begin to envision the possibilities of what could replace the weeds, you start to loosen the dirt around the weeds. That’s when you know that you are digging in.
You have the ability to actively create the garden of your dreams.
I’d love to hear what you think about this metaphor of your mind as a garden, and what kind of garden you see in your life. Please leave a comment below.
Abundant Blessings and Namaste.
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