Your Mind Is a Garden and Your Thoughts Are the Seeds (Poem)

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Your mind is like a piece of land planted with many different kinds of seeds: seeds of joy, peace, mindfulness, understanding, and love; seeds of craving, anger, fear, hate, and forgetfulness.

These wholesome and unwholesome seeds are always there, sleeping in the soil of your mind. The quality of your life depends on the seeds you water.

If you plant tomato seeds in your gardens, tomatoes will grow. Just so, if you water a seed of peace in your mind, peace will grow. When the seeds of happiness in you are watered, you will become happy. When the seed of anger in you is watered, you will become angry.

The seeds that are watered frequently are those that will grow strong. – Thich Nhat Hanh

We all are responsible for the seeds that we plant and water. After reading this quote, I was inspired, and the poem “Garden of Your Mind” was created.

As we go about our days, it is important to understand that we are solely accountable for the life we are creating, cultivating and harvesting.

Those that mindfully plant the love seeds can help those that are watering seeds of suffering. We are all gardeners and we all are here to grow love! Let’s make the gardens of our minds, hearts and souls be filled with beauty.

What are you watering? Can you change the seeds that you are currently nourishing and grow love, happiness, peace and forgiveness instead?
 
 

Garden of Your Mind

What are you growing
in the garden of your mind –
what do you water
nourish, feed?
Do you plant seeds of forgiveness,
of love,
or do you fertilize weeds of anger
resentment, fear?
What are you growing
in the garden of your heart?
Do you allow sunshine to reach dark pain
in the corners of your heart –
Do you allow tears to wash it clean
and nourish it –
Or do you put up fences
to keep out the feelings?
Get on your knees
grow your own food
decide what it is you want in your soil.
Know what you are cultivating
what you are growing –
a lot can grow in the garden of your body
if you let it seed
nourish it
allow it
watch it grow.
 
 

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Kerry Fantelli is a medical professional and yoga instructor based in Vermont. Recently, Kerry has been reading her writing after her yoga classes and also has shared poems with her patients that she hopes may find solace in her words. She is a healer and loves to write with the theme of helping, easing, and understanding emotions.

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