All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become. -Buddha
Think of your mind as a garden. The positive thoughts are the bright, beautiful flowers that lift your mood and bring beauty to the world. The negative thoughts you have are like the twisted weeds that suffocate out the flowers.
Gardens take work. They require year-round attention.
A guaranteed way to ensure weeds will take over your garden is to fret over things out of your control, worry too much about what other people think, take everything personally and fail to breathe and see the bigger picture.
Sometimes, when we are working in one are, a small patch of weeds can shoot up in another corner. One small patch of weeds does not have to ruin a garden.
It’s easy to dwell on things, over think them and even jump to conclusions when we don’t have people in our lives available to give us a different perspectives. But that type of thinking can become a serious issue when we continue to feed in to it. And because of it, we eventually alienate the people we love the most and become tough to be around.
The image of our minds as a garden is something we can all visualize to bring an awareness of the things that helps us grow and bloom rather than succumb to the tangled mess of weeds that can easily take over. Awareness is conscious choice and always a powerful one.