I suppose this blog requires a beginning that will set a tone. A foundation from which we can jump high and far, arcing towards a greater understanding. Along the way we will pause to enjoy the view and spark fires, find ourselves on a tangent as I do now. To take the first step down this trail, I have a lesson to share, learned in my garden while collecting basil leaves. How important it is to trim off deadened ends from our plants. When the basil plant starts to flower, we trim them off to ensure they continue to grow leaves. When a branch has browned, we chop that dead end off to allow the rest of the plant to live with no nutrients wasted. So we should in the same way prune the garden of our mind. The memories that keep us living in regret, the habits that prevent us from improving our selves, the blame we hold on to, those aspects of our daily thoughts that keep us from growing need a good shearing just like the wildest of plants growing in our yards.
Now let us take a dip into the waters of mindfulness. So often, the habits adopted at a young age, learned from the people who raised us, carry into our adult lives. We must look at those habits and wonder why do we do that? Am I consciously making a decision to do this or is it out of programming that has wired me to act in this way? Being aware of our actions, our thoughts, our words can open our ears to what we so often miss when we think we are driving the train. The train being our mind. If we really pay attention to the reactions we have, we can start to understand why we feel and act the ways that we do. In order to do that we have to take a look at our basil plant and decide which branches need trimming, which roots need pruning and which leaves would be suitable for pesto sauce.
“Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher.” – William Wordsworth