"Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny." — Lao-Tze
How’s your yard? Or your flower garden? Are there any weeds in them?
Weeds are defined as plants that have no value where they are growing, and that grow vigorously. We have many of them both in our yard and our vegetable garden. Without diligent effort, they grow and overtake the things we want to grow (like grass, or tomatoes, or flowers).
Well, how about in your life. Do you have any weeds there? Something that doesn’t provide any value in your life, and grows vigorously? Like a well-manicured lawn that takes time and effort to maintain, our lives are the same way.
Diet and exercise: If you feed your body poor quality food (junk food, processed foods, soda, candy) and don’t get any exercise, what kind of body are you going to have? The weeds here are the poor quality food and lack of exercise, and they began to take over. Maybe you feel lethargic. Maybe you are sick more often. Maybe you have a hard time moving around. In all of these cases, the "weeds" have led to this, and without properly caring for your body, these negatives continue to take over.
Language, thoughts, and actions: For instance, if you continuously think negatively about everything, the negativity "weed" begins to take over not only your thoughts, but is also portrayed in your language and converations. Instead of having an abundance mentality (that of proper care and removal of the weeds of negativity), you develop a scarcity mentality. This all leads to eventually affecting the actions your take (or don’t take) to support the continued growth of this weed.
With proper care of our bodies and minds, we can keep limit the weeds we have growing in ourselves. Just like a yard or garden, though, without continuous care, weeds will come back. They’ll do this in any garden, and they’ll do it in any of our bodies and minds. Just because we are weed-free today, doesn’t mean there are new weeds, or even old weeds, taking sprout.
Be diligent in caring for your body and mind, and you’ll reap the benefits of a life without all the weeds.