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Weed Your Garden May 15, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Nature.

Our minds are fertile soil . . . growing whatever we plant.

We can plant flowers that bloom and sustain us through life’s storms.

Or we can allow weeds to grow and flourish, choking out the good.

It’s our choice.

Remember to weed your garden.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts:  Plant Flowers, Pull Weeds (Pocket Perspectives)


1. sarsm - May 15, 2012

That’s what I need to do. Weed my garden. The dandelions have turned the grass from green to yellow. Really. It’s like they are trying to take over the world!!

nrhatch - May 15, 2012

Dandelions are perfect for making daisy chains . . . to crown yourself QUEEN for the day! 😀

2. Piglet in Portugal - May 15, 2012

My mind is full of weeds at the moment and the worms are eating away at my brain!

nrhatch - May 15, 2012

That sounds awful, PiP! You better sow some happy seeds! 😀

Piglet in Portugal - May 15, 2012

Would they be the poppy variety?

nrhatch - May 15, 2012

You made me laugh! Growing opiates (or cannabis) in the garden might be just the thing to keep the weeds under control. 😎

3. Andra Watkins - May 15, 2012

Excellent advice, Nancy. Weeding is part of the essence of life.

nrhatch - May 15, 2012

If we aren’t mindful, our mind begins to run on auto pilot . . . and weeds begin to proliferate.

4. jannatwrites - May 15, 2012

Some weeds are actually kind of pretty. Can I keep those?

Only kidding. I know I feel so much better when I get the weeds out. (My mind isn’t as neat as the last picture, though.) I hope you are working yourself out of the doldrums you’ve been in.

nrhatch - May 15, 2012

I love lots all the wildflowers in these shots . . . but the brown scraggly stuff is just “dead weight.” That’s what I’m determined to eradicate.

The doldrums are “gone” . . . but I’m still in a quandary about several decisions that must be made. Doldrums to conundrums. Quagmires to quandaries. It’s been quite a week.

5. Pocket Perspectives - May 15, 2012

Nancy, you’re definitely planting lots of flowers…more and more each day… : ) I’m still amazed that you could shift so quickly…it took me a few years to do what you did in a few days…wow
I have the “plant flowers, pull weeds” suncatcher in 2 different windows at home…and in the window at school too…to keep reminding myself each day… http://pocketperspectives.wordpress.com/2011/08/01/plant-flowers-pull-weeds-creating-a-garden-of-life-2/

nrhatch - May 15, 2012

I shift with more ease now because of all the practice I’ve had with mindfulness over the years.

Once we’ve reached the Zenith the first time, we never have to re-climb the mountain. To return to the top of the mountain, we need only let go of the negatives ~ to replace our earth-bound Ego-orientation with all the good feelings and peace within.

As soon as we re-align with our Spiritual perspective, we are back at the Zenith. Sitting on the top of the world.

If you’re interested in the article:

Pocket Perspectives - May 15, 2012

Your ongoing practice sure has lead to more steadiness and an ability to realign quickly…wow…an inspiration to keep “practicing”… And the post you linked to is wonderful too! : )

nrhatch - May 15, 2012

Thanks, Kathy. Life requires lots of practice . . . and patience, eh?

6. suzicate - May 15, 2012

Ah yes, and we need to water every now and then as well!

nrhatch - May 15, 2012

Or dance in the rain while Mother Nature does all the heavy lifting. 😀

7. Jas - May 15, 2012

Beautiful analogy…

nrhatch - May 15, 2012

Thanks, Jas. I’ve taken a GIANT step back from my “problems” and the search for solutions which are outside my grasp.

The shift in perspective has done me good. 😎

8. winsomebella - May 15, 2012

What one weeds, another cultivates. The choice is our own. I hope your garden blooms with color 🙂

nrhatch - May 15, 2012

Sunshine has chased away the “mind storms” . . . I’m breathing easy once again. It’s a better place to be.

9. Barefoot Baroness - May 15, 2012

I so love your analogies. Thanks for sharing this one. I have a tenderness for some so called weeds, that some would consider throw aways. But those so called weeds are the odd things in my life that I inspre, create, and love from. But I am not talking about weeds with no life in them, weeds that weigh me down. Those kind of weeds need raking out and disposed of before going to seed. Pronto!

nrhatch - May 15, 2012

Exactly. Our lives will never be a pristine “bed of roses” . . . there will always be a few “thorns” tossed into the mix.

The contrast encourages us to enjoy fragrant blooms wherever we find them.

10. Don Scrooby - May 15, 2012

The big thing is to weed with discernment and insight. Sometimes we are far too quick to weed out what shouldn’t have been weeded out in the first place. Thanks for the wisdom.

nrhatch - May 15, 2012

Yes. We need to know which blooms to fertilize and which to remove. Sometimes it’s obvious which should stay (“Be kind”) and which should go (“You’re such a loser!”).

Other times it requires a bit of patient discernment as the path unfolds before us.

11. sufilight - May 15, 2012

A great reminder for me as I start my day! I will be conscious in not planting weeds in the fertile soil of my mind. Thanks for this.

nrhatch - May 15, 2012

I needed a reminder myself this morning . . . but you already knew that, didn’t you? 😉

12. Zen and Genki - May 15, 2012

Are those sunflowers in your garden?! They are gorgeous!

nrhatch - May 15, 2012

Those sunflowers are at Geraldson Community Farm . . . our local CSA. There’s a whole row of them spreading sunshine.

13. Alannah Murphy - May 15, 2012

Those sunflowers are so pretty…they look as if they’re standing there smiling happily somehow 🙂

nrhatch - May 15, 2012

Don’t they. I used to grow sunflowers in our garden and they towered over me . . . with sunny benevolence. I shared the seeds with the birds. 😀

Alannah Murphy - May 15, 2012

Good for you, the birdies would love them.

nrhatch - May 15, 2012

They LOVED them. I would loosen the seeds and put the whole flower face up like a saucer. A regular Happy Hour for the birds.

Of course, they helped themselves to some seeds even BEFORE I opened up the “buffet line” for them. 😉

14. ericjbaker - May 15, 2012

Hmmm. I think you just gave me a story idea, but not the kind you intended.

nrhatch - May 15, 2012

Go for it! Writing is like a rototiller for the mind . . . with thoughts flowing freely, there is no space for pernicious weeds to lodge. 😀

15. cuhome - May 15, 2012

Your photos are always such beautiful displays of your written thoughts! I really like this one!

nrhatch - May 15, 2012

Thanks, Janet. I looked at a “happy” Marigold this morning . . . and thought how BIG and beautiful it had become with no competing weeds.

16. Crowing Crone Joss - May 15, 2012

We do need to tend to ourselves, don’t we? Otherwise the weeds move in and choke out the most beautiful of blossoms. What a lovely reminder this was.

nrhatch - May 15, 2012

Thanks, Joss. My marigold is boasting BRILLIANT blossoms this year . . . with nary a weed in sight. It reminded me of how important it is for us to tend our inner gardens.

Crowing Crone Joss - May 15, 2012


17. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - May 15, 2012

Weeds will not choke out my garden. But they will choke out, err green up, my front yard.

nrhatch - May 15, 2012

Weeds won’t choke out your garden because your dog has already dug it up! Your poor garlic. 😆

Next year . . . plant your garlic in the FRONT yard.

18. pix & kardz - May 15, 2012

i recently read something similar in John Izzo’s book, Five Secrets you must discover before you die.
good wisdom!

nrhatch - May 15, 2012

Ooh . . . I’ll have to check out his book and discover the five “secrets.” Thanks, Kris.

19. Kristy - May 15, 2012

Spent some time weeding this weekend. It’s good to weed out all areas of life every now and then I think. 😉

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

I agree. Weeding is nothing more than evaluating priorities ~ which stay and which go? If we don’t want to become hoarders, weighted down with possessions that have outlived their usefullness, we must weed out old clothes, chipped dishes, unused equipment and . . . lots and lots of unneeded paper! 😀

20. Three Well Beings - May 16, 2012

I love the way you said it, Nancy! So true. For me sometimes it’s cultivating quiet that needs my attention! I can really get on auto-pilot myself, and not even be aware that I’m taking in a lot of “noise” and negativity. Just stopping and tuning into quiet can really calm me, and put me back on track! You’re living your “talk” right now, Nancy…which speaks volumes! Debra

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

Thanks, Debra. Good thoughts. When I’m calm, the chatter in my mind cycles down & I enter the stillness of the moment with ease. When I’m “worked up” or agitated, silence dissipates.

I must reclaim it by weeding out “non-productive” thoughts racing through my monkey mind. Aah . . . that’s better!

21. barb19 - May 16, 2012

Weeding the garden is very therapeutic for us, the action releases serotonin (the happy chemical) in the brain, so let’s all get to it!

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

Endorphins like serotonin keep us on an even keel . . . in the midst of the staunchest storms. 😀

22. sweetdaysundertheoaks - May 16, 2012

We really did weed gardens yesterday Nancy!

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

Awesome! Weeding out clutter (outside, inside) always makes me feel that I have more room in my life for what matters.

23. Booksphotographsandartwork - May 16, 2012

Weeding can sometimes be hard work. As soon as you get rid of one another one pops up! The news causes far too many weeds to spring up.

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

I avoid the news for just that reason ~ it’s depressing rather than uplifting.

Much of it is “no news” . . . “no news” is not news I need to know.

24. johnell74 - May 16, 2012

Thanks for the suggestions, Nancy. Perhaps a visit to Adeeyoyo’s site might be helpful to her. She sounds fed up with the whole business and as if she could do with some help.

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

I let her know. Thanks for the heads up.

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