Imagine your mind as a garden. If you care for your mind, if you nurture it and cultivate it just like a fertile rich garden, it will blossom far beyond your expectations. But if you let the weeds take root, lasting peace of mind and deep inner harmony will always elude you.

If you spent time growing a beautiful garden and someone threw toxic waste all over it, you would not be happy. Most good gardeners guard their gardens like proud soldiers and make sure contamination never enters. Yet look at the toxic waste that most people put into the fertile garden of their minds every single day. The worries and anxieties, the fretting about the past, the worry over the future and those self created fears wreck havoc within your inner world. In the native language of the Sages of Sivana in India, which has existed for thousands of years, the written character for worry is strikingly similar to the character symbolising a funeral pyre. This is no coincidence. Worry drains the mind of much of its power and sooner or later it injures the soul.

To live life to the fullest, you must stand guard at the gate of your garden and let only the best information enter. You truly cannot afford the luxury of negative thought.

On average we run about sixty thousand thoughts through our mind every day. The way you think stems from habit, pure and simple. Most people just don’t realise the enormous power of their minds. When all is said and done there is only one thing we have complete control over, our minds. We might not be able to control the weather or the traffic or the moods of those around us. But we most certainly can control our attitude towards these events. We all have the power to determine what we think at any given moment. This ability is part of what makes us human.

Its like the old saying about seeing the cup as half full rather than half empty. No matter what happens to you in life, you alone have the capacity to choose your response to it. When you form the habit of searching for the positive in every circumstance, your life will move into its higher dimensions.

Claire Laho

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