What Kind Of Seeds Are You Planting?

We plant seeds everyday through thoughts, speech, and actions . The question is, what kind of seeds are you planting?

I’ve been in stages where my garden of life was muddy, gloomy, and perhaps even rotten. My mind was full of judgemental thoughts and my speech was really negative. It took people who loved me to tell me how I was being and a lot of self reflection to fully understand how I became that version of myself. And then it took a lot of work to clean it up and find a new way of being, but I’m so glad I did! The experience gave me a lot of compassion and understanding for others and also reinforced why meditation practices are important for a life of well-being.

Speaking from my own experiences, if you’re struggling with this, I would start with cleaning up your thoughts. I think that it’s more challenging to have a blossoming, colorful, kind state of mind and do or say mean things. On the other hand, I think it’s easy to do or say nice things, but on the inside be thinking unkind thoughts. So today, I’m offering a meditation practice that is intended to plant thoughts of love. Try it out for a week and please feel free to share your experience with me!

Meditation practice: planting seeds of love!

  • Set aside a time to observe your thoughts. You can commit to doing this throughout the day or at a designated time/during a specific activity.
  • Filter your thoughts through these three questions:
    Is it kind?
    Is it compassionate?
    Is it joyful?
  • If it isn’t, decide to be done entertaining the thought immediately. You can even visualize throwing it in an imaginary trash can.
  • Redirect yourself to think thoughts that bring life to you and others; think about the good things about that person or situation; count your blessings; reminisce on the kindness others have shown you.

I truly believe this practice is really important right now. I utilize it often, because it only takes one political article or some social media post that can have us spinning mentally. I’m not saying that we should ignore what is going on in our world or that we can’t hold tight to our beliefs. But if it’s our hope and goal to see a beautiful world, then we have to take accountability for how we are contributing. We have to be willing to sit with an idea, action, person… and not immediately jump to a negative conclusion. We have to think and speak words of life, not death!

 

What the world needs now, is love, sweet love!

Love, Sweet Love!

Over the last 2 years, I really started to take to heart the widespread quote by Gandhi that says: Be the change you wish to see in the world. But I felt like I needed to get focused… to really, truly sit down and examine not only what changes I wanted to see, but how I was going to make that happen, first within myself and then within the world around me. This task easily became overwhelming for me, living in a society where our fight or flight system feels like it doesn’t have an off switch due to the numerous threats that are constantly being brought to our attention through media platforms. So which is it? The environment, healthcare, education system, justice system, etc? There is great room for improvement everywhere and while it can seem both daunting and far off, I realized that the number one change I wanted to see in the world was more human beings, being love. So at the depth of my work is the greater mission to embody love and to support others in doing the same.

So what is this love thing that we are in need of?

Love is kindness, joy, and compassion and I believe that love is what we all are at our core. I think that certain things have gotten in the way of who we are and who so many of us are wanting to be.

So how do we step into being kind, joyful, and compassionate?

Well, not everyone’s path is going to look the same. The best place to begin is by asking the question: what is stopping you? When you find your impediments to kindness, you can discover what works best for you to remove them. I’ve noticed that it’s harder for me to be kind when my body is feeling tense and uncomfortable. I’ve caught myself several times being irritable instead of kind. So this is where yoga and bodywork come into play! I want to serve you by bringing mind and body practices to your attention, so you can discover what removes the “thorn from your side” or the “pain in your neck.”

So let’s start with some self exploration! Take some time today to be curious and examine what’s stopping you from embodying love. This is not about harsh judgement or punishing ourselves, just about self awareness. The best way to approach this might be reflecting on the times that you are being your most loving self and just noticing what makes it easiest for you to be that person.

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