Today is the day I am planting my garden. As I was eating breakfast and sipping on my cup of coffee my mind wandered into the mind as garden story we so often hear about. Our mind is a garden. Did you know there is always something growing in it?
Yesterday, I tilled the soil and broke new sod as I expanded my garden as well. Over night, I am sure whatever seeds of weeds, old plants, flowers reside in that soil the wonderful process of creation is taking shape.
The same with our mind. It is the soil of consciousness and there are many seeds planted in it, consciously and unconsciouly. All of these seeds are just waiting for the right conditions to sprout and grow. While enjoying the aroma of my coffee, I began to notice the seeds I was planting into my mind and wondering what type of plants will sprout from this....well what you are reading is part of it.
Mindfulness of our thoughts, our mind-seeds, is paramount in having a good garden. After all, what do you want to grow in your garden? I am planting, tomatoes, beans, peas, corn, lettuse, etc. in my backyard garden. I hope they mature into a full harvest of wonderful food I can share with my family and neighbors.
In my mind-garden, I wish to plant seeds of compassion, patience, love, blessings, etc...and hope they too grow and can feed my family and share with my neighbors. It is important to know exactly what you are planting. Pay attention to it.
I am hoping my expanded garden will expand my mind-garden as welll....well maybe if I planted a certain type of mushroom. (lol shhh..don't tell.) Actually just working in the garden expands my mind and my heart. It feels good to be close to the earth, even though my hands hurt and there is a lot of work ahead.
As I am a conscious co-creator of my garden I also wish to be a conscious co-creator of the universe. How about you?
Thanks for visiting. My Dharma name is Shinzen. I began studying Goshindo Karate under the watchful eye of Shihan Paul Dean in 1969. Yes, I now have gray hair. I am also Lay-ordained in Soto Zen under the tutelage of Rev. Nonin Chowaney of the Nebraska Zen Center.