How Can You Prevent Weeds From Taking Over Your Inner Garden?
In 2019, my husband and I closed on our first house, and we inherited a garden-in-progress. My children and I were out in the garden yesterday, and I noticed that other plants were growing just as fast as my vegetables were growing. As a novice gardener, I still have problems discerning weeds from normal plants. We’ve had beautiful tulips and other plants sprout up since the acquisition of our mid-size garden. I noticed that many of the weeds have beautiful color flower tips and look so green, strong, and as if they belong in the garden, while other weeds look rough and unhealthy.
One day, as I was pulling some weeds, I noticed that the weeds’ vines were wrapped around a set of growing vegetables. Although I read that weeds compete with nourishment to stay alive, I couldn’t believe my eyes. How can something look so innocent, be so harmful?
How can something as simple as a four or five-letter word seem so powerful to our subconscious (inner garden)? Sometimes we do not take the words (you are crazy, silly, stupid) seriously until people call us more insulting names. Before you know it, we have a whole vocabulary to work with when we feel angry, disappointed, or resentful.
What was false now has become so real. If we were to peek in our inner garden, we would see many weeds scattered throughout our mind-soil. Over time, the weeds have strangled the truth about ourselves.
Then, the question becomes, what can you do to prevent a garden full of weeds. Here are four tips on preventing weed growth in your inner garden?
- Set the standard by telling people to address you by your name. You deserve respect.
- Daily management is a requirement. The longer I wait to address false information in my inner garden, the more the false information grows. I continue to reinforce with our children to call others by their name and not what you want to call them.
- Spend time with yourself and the truth within you. It is critical to our mental well-being to do what we can (meditate, pray) to align ourselves with the truth. The more you know about yourself, the more you can discern what is true and false.
- Realize that just pulling the weeds is not the answer. We need to create an environment that discourages life-destroying weeds while encouraging life-sustaining fruit. Now, more than ever, I believe the Bible is the ultimate manual for handling weeds. Nothing we experience today is new. People in the Bible experienced bullying, peer pressure, betrayal, insecurities, self-doubt, and a host of other issues. There are so many books that are truth-inspired (The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale, A Course of Miracles, As A Man Thinketh by James Allen, and others) out there to help nourish our garden.
What books have you read to help keep false information at bay?
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