Many of us are busy tilling our gardens and planting seeds at this time of year. We usually think of plants when we see new seedlings beginning to grow. But that isn't the only thing we are planting and growing, not just today but everyday.
Whether we are aware of it or not, we are also planting seeds every day with our thoughts. If these thoughts (seeds) are repeated, they can grow into beliefs, habits, emotions, and behaviors. Think about what you've been thinking about the last hour. Perhaps you've been thinking about how your day started out. Was it chaotic or easy? Or maybe you're thinking you shouldn't have eaten that... fill in the blank. Or maybe you were ruminating on something else from the past or on something that has yet to come in the future.
It's helpful to become aware of your thoughts and patterns of thinking. How can we do that? The practice of mindfulness is a great way to strengthen this awareness. Regular practice can indeed put you in charge of your thoughts by training your mind to stay in the present moment where you can decide the seeds you are planting - minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, day-by-day.
There are many resources available online to begin practicing. Also, working with a coach can accelerate your practice. Wouldn't you rather grow peace and calm instead of stress and anxiety? You can choose to grow flowers instead of weeds, one seed or thought at a time.
Reach out to me if you'd like some support.
"Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds. Osho