Many people over the years have likened our minds can to a garden.
We are what we habitually think about. Our thoughts today are the seeds that grow into our future. The mind is a fertile place. It does not discriminate what is planted. It will nurture weeds equally as it will flowers or trees. The weeds being, negative or limiting thoughts, flowers and trees being positive and uplifting thoughts.
Be like a gardener. Pull up the weeds and look after the flowers and trees. Tend your garden (thoughts) well.
A Huna exercise that I used to do was to visit a garden in my mind. A peaceful setting with a water fall and grass and flowers and trees and weeds and seat with which to sit in it and enjoy it.. Each time I visited my garden in my mind, I was like a gardener and tended the garden of my mind. Pulling up the weeds, tending the flowers, pruning the shrubs and trees of dead or diseased wood.
This mind gardening was a metaphor for changing the thoughts and beliefs of my mind. Remember the first Huna precept – “The World is What You Think It Is”. Working on pulling up the weeds, pruning the scrubs and trees and generally tending the garden is the same as working our our thoughts and beliefs.
What does your garden look like? If you could image a peaceful garden in your mind, a place you would like to sit and enjoy and visit often, what would it look like? Would it be near a lake, a river or stream, or a waterfall, or in a clearing in the forest or in open fields?
What do the various plants in your garden represent? Love, happiness, confidence?
It is important to focus on the beauty of the garden, not the weeds. Why? Focusing on the weeds, you will see more of them and they will grow! Changing your focus to the beauty causes the beauty to grow.
Question: do you want more weeds or more flowers, more flowing, clear water? For me it is the later 🙂