Today, I want to talk about living a life IN BLOOM, by mastering the garden of your mind.
Did you know your mind is a literal garden?
Let me walk you through the golden gate and show you EXACTLY how:
Point one: Your thoughts are the seeds.
The harvest can either be flowers or weeds.”
This famous metaphor speaks volumes about the influence our unconscious mind has on creating the results we get in life.
So, lets dig in (no pun intended).
First. What’s in a thought?
Your subconscious mind consists of many things you may not be aware of or give much thought to day-to-day, such as
-behaviours to name a few.
Think of the subconscious mind as the soil in which you plant your garden.
It offers a foundation for the seeds to grow and take root, providing plants with the resources they need to take life and to thrive.
However, the soil does not discriminate;
it’s sole purpose is to support the ecosystem and it's immunity – the good, the bad and the ugly.
Your conscious mind consists of your thoughts and feelings about the things you notice and ultimately do.
This is the part of your mind you are aware of day-to-day.
In this garden analogy, the seeds you plant in your garden are, collectively, your conscious mind.
Every thought you think is a seed.
A conscious thought which reappears often will eventually embed itself into your subconscious mind, where it will grow into a permanent belief.
Depending on the thought, this can work for you or against you - and the trickiest part, is that we're often unconscious to our beliefs, and they run on a negative bias framework of 90% of our thoughts daily.
Now, who wants a garden like that?
Getting the picture?
When we plant a seed in our garden, it always grows into what the seed was meant to be.
f you plant roses, you will reap roses.
If you plant lavender, you will reap lavender.
Just like the seeds you plant in a garden, the thoughts you think also grow into what they are meant to be.
For example, if your thoughts are mainly about how hard it is to get fit ( or whatever your desire is), you will unconsciously foster beliefs in your mind at its deepest level to support this.
As a result, you will walk, talk, feel and act like a person who holds this belief.
You will develop unconscious habits and behaviors to support this belief and naturally, will get the results that perfectly reinforce these beliefs.
That is, in this example, poor fitness levels and in the long run, health problems.
Will this adversely impact your life? Absolutely.
In life, it has been said that “you get what you focus on, to the exclusion of everything else.”
Your outer reality reflects your inner-thoughts and beliefs with great precision.
Only you can tend to your inner-garden; that is your mind.
It is your responsibility to seed and fertilise your inner-garden with the plants you want to grow.
Remember, the subconscious mind does not discriminate between thoughts.
Our garden grows the seed that is planted whether it is desirable or not.
And, there is a significant penalty for neglecting your inner garden: a life not of your choosing.
So how do we create our own beautiful garden?
We must be present and conscious in our lives.
THIS IS THE KEY TO UNLOCKING THE GARDEN OF THE MIND.
Choose to be mindful and present in the seeds that you plant and in how you nurture them.
Fleeting thoughts are like seeds blown in with the wind.
They do not get planted, watered and nourished unless we choose to do so.
When you choose to focus on repeated thoughts, you reinforce and reaffirm them, meaning they grow stronger and deeper roots.
They take up more space in your garden.
Alternatively, when you step back to observe and analyse your thoughts as they come, you can decide to keep those which serve you; and remove those that do not serve you.
You can also encourage the growth of the plants you’d like to see more of and resolve to focus on cultivating this area going forward.
Success takes time, effort, tenacity and a great deal of focus - but it can be fun - and damnit - quite fruitful!
Successful people consciously choose to focus on where they’re heading NOW with clarity.
They surround themselves with good seeds and flourishing flowers - and no- I'm not talking bout PANSIES!
Unsuccessful people, do not.
And, further supporting Wordsworth’s garden metaphor, Earl Nightingale once said:
“You become what you think about most of the time.”
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