I’ve had the pleasure of spending time in The Grand Teton National Park. The Tetons are a magical place, particularly because there are no foothills and the mountains pop up dramatically, out of nowhere. While I was backpacking 30 miles of The Teton Crest Trail, I was in awe of all the alpine flowers.
We were caught in a storm with thunder, lightening and hail, while at other times, we had beautiful sunshine and rainbows. The flowers were so colorful and some were even over four feet high. As we manage our own personal weather patterns in our life, and ride our ups and downs, what aspects of your mind do you nurture?
Here is a poem from Thich Nhat Hanh that is a great reminder for us….The Seeds That Are Watered Frequently (Thich Nhat Hanh)
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.