Cultivating the Mind

In the springtime we love to get our garden put in. the garden means new growth is just around the corner. The plants for our garden start to grow indoors, since winter lasts quite a while here. The growth of our plants always gets me thinking about the garden of my mind. Whatever I plant and tend in my physical garden, is what will grow and that is the fruit that will be produced. If I plant a tomato, I will get tomatoes. Plant carrots, then carrots. That’s how it works.

Fruit is the reason we plant a garden. Sure, the plants look nice, but what we want is the fruit. Enjoy the process, watch the plants grow, but… it’s the fruit that I wait for. I want to enjoy the strawberries, tomatoes, and yes, even the kale..

‘Fruit’ is what we want out of life too. We plant seeds in our life because of the fruit that
could come. If we plant good seeds of serving others with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness etc. then we will harvest those things as a natural reciprocation in our life. The opposite is also true, that if we plant anger, hate, anxiety, panic, and chaos then we will harvest these. 

So, if I am anxious, then I will produce concern, restlessness and mistrust as my fruit. If I am joyful, then I will produce cheer, elation, and fun-loving fruit. No one else controls my emotions. They are mine. I have to accept Ownership for what I produce.

Take some time to look through the garden of your mind.

As we come to the end of this year, take some time to look through the garden of your mind. Reflect on who you are and whether that is the ‘You’, that you want to be.

Over the past few months:

      • Have you planted love or hate?
      • Have you given off a sense of anxiety or confidence?
      • Are you living with a sense of patience or fear?

Our world is constantly in flux. But that doesn’t mean you have to be…

If you’re reading this, you are probably leading in some capacity. Leading yourself is of first importance. Self-leadership is key. Take Ownership (absolute accountability) for your mind today. Is there anything you don’t want to growing? Get rid of it and plant something else.

Self-leadership means pursuing your best self for the benefit of those you love, lead, and serve.
Jason rhoads

Plant the garden you want today. Tend to your mind regularly. Create the habit of thinking you want. Our minds have to be cultivated, weeds have to be removed so we can allow the fruit we want to enjoy to grow. What action will you take?

Author of Circumstances

One thing I know to be true is that the life I am living is of my own doing. For good or bad, right or wrong, there is only one person that is accountable for my circumstances: me.

When it comes to accepting responsibility for life, I see three areas that I have to be clear that my choices are 100% on me – my mind, body, and soul. It is easy to place the blame of my situation (past, present, and future) on others. 

It is too easy to blame the coronavirus, corporations, the government, my upbringing, past relationships and any number of situations that “are not my fault.” That is not how a resilient life is lived. Yes, bad things happen. How you and I respond is up to us. 

We cannot control other people (although all of us have tried at some point), but we can control our attitude, actions, thoughts, and words.  You and I have 100% control over our mind, body, and soul; so those areas are on you and me, no one else.

The truth about life is you and me are the causers of our circumstances...

When it comes to our minds we have to consider what we are allowing and taking in. Whether through movies, TV, social media, books, magazines, and conversations; it is our choice to take something in. People can speak to us in unkind ways, we hear it, but do not have to receive it. The mind is powerful. You and I can choose to accept or reject what comes into our minds. Hold on to the good, reject the negative.

The body is similar in that our health is made up of choices. The food we eat, the exercise we choose to be part of (or not), the addictions we participate in are all up to you. I understand some of you want to blame your health on addiction, as though it is outside your control. That is not true. You can quit, it might take time, it will be hard, but you can do it. The choices we make for our bodies have ramifications on our present and future. Make choices that promote health and wellness today.

Our soul is probably the most ignored aspect of our life. What I know to be true about my emotional well-being is that I choose to trust God with my life, which includes my soul. Taking time to read, pray, and meditate on Scripture brings peace and calm to my life every evening and prepares me for the next day. Also, getting out in nature to do some forest bathing. Yes, it’s a real thing. The world is frantic, I choose the time to slow life down and tend my soul. Do you?

What I know to be true about life is I am the causers of my circumstances. And you are too. We have the capacity for change. If we are going to change, we need to take ownership (absolute accountability) of our life, right here, right now, no excuses.

That can happen with one decision at a time.  Choose one aspect of life; mind, body, or soul. Make one change, adjustment, or addition toward the life you want. The choice is yours because you and I are the author of our own circumstances.