A seed was planted long ago
Watered by the thinking
Some resentments hard to let go
Giving this seed living
Guiding its growth to the light
Pulled back by the darkness
Ego, hate, and selfish pride
Keeping this seed heartless
Time to go back to its roots
Find out what it needs
If we want to bear good fruit
Love and accept this seed.
Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life
When we open our eyes to the world in the morning, what is the first thought that greets us? One of gratitude for another day? One of dread of the day ahead?
Whichever one greets us, is the one that sets the tone for the rest of our day.
As Buddha teaches, “we are what we think.” A thought is a variable action. An action which is dependent on us and our approach to it, and one we can change. A good day is dependent on good thoughts. Good thoughts are dependent on our thinking. Our thinking is dependent on the perspective we CHOOSE to see the world in.
Much like we choose how to react to our environment and the people around us. The CHOICE to choose a thought is our emancipation from mental slavery. We are free to think what we would like. We are the ones who water our gardens. We are the ones who feed the weeds or fertilize our beautiful flowers.
Life is sure to bring rain, but we may either dance in it or convince ourselves it will drown us.
The Thinker by Auguste Rodin
Our mind is powerful beyond our own comprehension; and so it makes us suffer. It creates our realities and allows for us to expand our horizons or keep ourselves imprisoned in our thought processes. It provides for interesting conversations with ourselves of momentary clarity or aching confusion. Even when we sleep, the mind travels through our subconscious, rummaging through our deepest thoughts and compiling dreams that may wake us up in drenched sweat. It never stays quiet. It can argue with itself or stroke its own ego all in the same conversation. It can make itself up but then change itself 2 seconds later….and once the decision is followed through, it can harbor regret and guilt in its deepest corners creating agitating doubt. It makes it all a terrible tragedy, when the reality of it all is no such thing. It creates fear and plays with it by introducing ideas which feeds its growth. So what to do? Don’t stop to think….just stop to think.