So have you had a good week? Are you winning? I guess you could ask, winning at what? Well, last week we looked at The Silent Game. This is a game where you compete not with others but rather with yourself, to gain control of your body and mind at will. Debbie Hampton, posted a very insightful and relevant article recently called Pulling weeds and planting flowers. Among the key messages for me were that you need to “pull the weeds” or as I put it last week, observe and throw away grudges and forgive those who have hurt you, as an essential first step of change and finding peace. Similarly, seek forgiveness from those you have hurt.
Then of course there are those other annoying disttractions like anger and deceit, fear and loathing, stress and anxiety – go on yank them all out. That might not happen all in one go. It depends on how over-grown your mind has become. Ridding your mind of all of your “weeds” takes perseverance, hard graft and patience.
Before you can “plant flowers” you need to continue to properly prepare the soil – by being grateful for all that is great in your life; by stilling your mind in preparation for the greatness you will achieve. Like all good gardeners, you don’t then just randomly start to plant seeds or bulbs. No, you must have a firm picture in your mind or visualisation of your prize-winning garden. It doesn’t have to be all the detail – that can come later. But you do need to visualise and plan. You will want to pick your favourite flowers – the changes in your life that you most desire.
But life and gardening are rarely straightforward. To really achieve your dream garden takes persistent care and devotion. Oh, and remember the one sure thing about weeds – they tend to come back…..