Sunday, May 16, 2010

Planting your garden

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?

Hands palm to palm,


  1. ... then universe would be your garden. Our garden.

    I wish to grow a virgin forest on it :D

  2. You're right...the universe is our garden...let it grow.

    A forest full of virgins? LOL!!!

    Thanks for the comment Rizal. I apologize for my humor...a virgin forest, a beginner's mind, all full of great potential!

  3. Oh darn it . . I just wrote out a whole reply only to lose it to the void . . great post Shinzen . . now, point me in the direction of this forest ;-P

  4. That damn void eats up our best stuff!!!

    I think it took the forest with it.

  5. I had the same thought about the garden of the mind recently. Weed out negativity and give care and attention to our seedlings.
    Great post!

    LMAO @Doug's "a virginal void?"

  6. Thanks C.Om...and I too had LMAO at Doug's left me speechless.