Monday 8 August 2011

Gardening of the heart and mind

I recently spent 3 hard days working in my garden mostly weeding out the dreaded winter weeds nicknamed sour sops. They take over everything in sight, almost overnight it seems.

This exercise, and that it was, got me thinking about how easy it is to allow weeds, meaning negative feelings and thoughts, to take over our hearts and minds.

Have you done some gardening in your heart and mind lately and removed your weeds?

I am normally very disciplined in not feeling or thinking anything negative. As I pulled out weeds, cursing at the start, I started observing that indeed some negative stuff had crept in. I resolved to be even more disciplined to not let this happen.

What emotional and thought weeds have taken over you?

And what will you do about it today?

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Maree Harris said...

Ian, for me, it's not only about doing the gardening and removing the weeds in my mind and thinking, it's about regularly tidying up the garden of my life. The pruning I constantly need to do is about the people I'm spending time with. I often find myself spending too much time with people who actually are taking over my life - just as the weeds do to the garden. I've recently pruned back the time I spend with these people. You know those shrubs and plants that were once beautiful and gave great pleasure to look at, but now are straggly and denuded and add nothing to the garden. This is one of the most difficult challenges for me as I have grown my business is learning how to let go respectfully of the people who once gave me a lot but now are not helpful to my growth and development.

Ian Berry said...

Much more difficult with people Maree! Nevertheless a must do. As we have often discussed as we evolve and grow we need people with whom we have a shared view with about what really matters to us.