Weeds of toxic thoughts, emotions and people
You may have heard the poem “Your mind is a garden and your thoughts are the seeds, you can grow flowers or you can grow weeds” and I have a pallet painting with that quote - one of my favorites I've lived by all my life. An still I found ... 

Sometimes our thoughts, our emotions, even people we have in our life can be like weeds. Weeds choke the life out of the plant. They wind themselves all around the roots of the plant suffocating and smothering the root system.

On top of that they rob the plant of needed nutrients and water. They take what they can of nutrients in the dirt around the plant and consume all the water before the plant has a chance to get any for itself. Does that sound how  our thoughts, our emotions, even people we have in our life can sometimes be?

The other day I noticed one of our shrubs was not thriving. I noticed some small weeds around the base of the plant. Over this last growing season we had weeded around the plant. It’s not like the weeds were very large at all. That’s the thing about weeds they don’t have to be very large  in order to inhibit and stunt the plant.

As I looked more closely I noticed that the weeds, although small, had entangled around the base of the plant. As I pulled back the landscape cover I noticed the roots of the weeds had become quite bulky. It took a bit of digging to get as much of the weed out. It had actually wrapped itself around and through the base of the shrub.

Although there was landscape cover to inhibit the weed growth, the weeds still managed to hide underneath the landscape cover and grow enough to choke out the plant.

Although there was landscape cover to inhibit the weed growth, the weeds still managed to hide underneath the landscape cover and grow enough to choke out the plant.

It took some doing after I pulled back the cloth and started to gently dig. If you don’t get as much of the root of the weed as possible, it will grow back. So I poked and gently pulled so as not to damage the healthy roots of the plant while removing the weeds. 

So what is in your garden? What thoughts, emotions or people are like weeds? What do you need to do to really flourish? What is one small, tiny positive step you can take today to move towards pulling some weeds?

Here's a video on tuning into emotions to help you get started

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  1. Such a beautiful illustration and life lesson!

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