May 9     

Today's quotation:

Every thought is a seed.  If you plant crab apples, don't count on harvesting Golden Delicious.

Bill Meyer

Today's Meditation:

What am I planting in my life today?  What kinds of thoughts am I allowing to run loose in my mind, taking up valuable space and time and effort?  And if I'm allowing negative thoughts to be the predominant thoughts of today, just what kind of reality am I creating for myself?

Gardeners know that if they plant seeds for dandelions, they aren't going to grow roses.  But they also know that if they plant rose bushes, they have to maintain a healthy environment for the bushes to grow in.  They have to maintain a constant vigil, getting rid of weeds that steal the water and adding nutrients to the soil that will help the desired bushes to grow.

Our thoughts are very similar.  First, we have to plant the seeds for a positive life by focusing on positive elements of life, on positive possibility and potential.  Then we need to maintain a positive, healthy environment for those thoughts to grow and develop, getting rid of the "weeds" of negative thoughts and ideas as soon as they present themselves.  It's not always easy, but it also isn't as difficult as some make it seem-- it takes effort and time, but it's always possible.

Your harvest will come from time to time as you see the benefits of your positive approach to your own thoughts, or the negative results of the negative thoughts in your mind.  What will you harvest?  What did you plant?

Questions to consider:

If you want to grow something positive in your life, what would you need to plant?  How?

If you were to harvest today the results of your thoughts of the last week or so, what would your harvest be like?

Can you think of some role models who plant--and harvest--positive thoughts in their lives?

For further thought:

A person's mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth.  If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.
   Just as gardeners cultivate their plots, keeping them free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which they require, so may a person tend the garden of his or her mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts.  By pursuing this process, a person sooner or later discovers that he or she is the master-gardener of his or her soul, the director of his or her life.

James Allen



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