Love thy plants…metaphorical lessons of love

You know you need to take care of your plants, fish, dogs, cats, whatever or they’re going to wither away or worse perish.

I’m learning that it applies to the people in my life and they are similar.

It comes from Deepak Chopra’s concept within the “Seven Spiritual Laws” about Attention and Desire (and the subset of Intention).

Whatever you put your attention on will

“Whatever you put your attention on will grow stronger in your life.  Whatever you take your attention away from will wither, disintegrate, and disappear.”

When you focus your attention on an object, person or goal, you’re orchestrating a stream of events to bring about an intended outcome.  Attention starts the process.

I’ve loved these “slower” entities for much of my life.  Only recently am I catching up in “real time” to allow myself to Be Love to all you upright conscious souls!  Be patience with me, I’m learning.  I’ve loved cats by being a provider of food and petting them where ever and whenever they desired.  I’ve loved fish by consistently feeding them, changing their water and cleaning their tank.  I’ve loved plants, grass, trees, inanimate objects like roofs, driveways, boats, cars, etc.  Most people in my life would say I take pretty good care of the “things” around me.

I’m learning that when I decide to grow a garden, that’s my first step toward my intended outcome of being nourished.  Then, all the steps begin to fall into place.  Where am I going to locate these plants?  How did I decide that was a good place?  Is it a sunny location?  Can I get to it easily?  With people, this might look like my circle of friends and family or maybe the world as a whole?

How big will my garden of people look like?  If it’s too small, I won’t get the nourishment I need to be full.  If it’s too large, I won’t be able to pay enough attention to it all.  And I’ll lose touch with the field.

But what if….what if by me having a garden that’s just the right size for me that others decide they’re going to have a garden that’s just the right size for them…

What if I could show you how to prepare your soil so that it’s ready to accept the seeds and those seeds of ideas could sprout.  Those ideas could be your hopes and dreams.  Maybe by planting an array of seeds of unknown origin, you could find which plants grows the best in your garden?  And by putting your attention toward those plants that do best with you, you could meet your potential to show the world?  By growing your best plants you nourish someone else?!  They see your garden, and you both get nourished.  And it continues.

Attention is Love.

For me, I feel like I’ve just recently planted my seeds of people and they’re beginning to sprout.  I plan on paying attention with the intention of Love, just like before but to this higher level.  My intention is that my attention will help others realize their higher purpose while in this realm.  And maybe that’s the whole idea of living?

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What a dump truck taught me about negativity…

Have you ever gotten a ding in your windshield from a dump truck carrying gravel?

I know I sure have.   Kind of annoying.  Now you have to get the windshield all fixed up.

I saw a dump truck the other day and I had a different thought.  Why do we follow so close when we know the dump truck is carrying gravel?  Why don’t we give it more room so that we can avoid the rocks?  Why should we expect not to get hit if we follow too close?

Dump trucks need to carry gravel.  That’s what they do.  They’re also going to miss a few pieces of gravel and they’re going to fall off.  Are they wrong for missing those few pieces and the damage they cause to your car?  Sure they are!

Somehow at the same time of this thought, I made the connection to some other things that we are certain to come across in life and the top thing on my mind happened to be negative people.  It was from Facebook’s experiment on how negativity affected people’s posts following a string of negative posts that Facebook chose for certain people’s feeds.

Negative people are like dump trucks.

You know the people, glass half empty folks.  Complainers.  Facebook polluters.  Drama follows them around like white on rice.  They carry gravel…lots of it!  And some don’t even bother closing the back door to the truck.

I’m giving these folks the benefit of the doubt.  These folks are carrying a lot of gravel because they’re going somewhere.  They are searching.  They don’t know exactly where they’re going, but they are going nonetheless.  They will get where they need to go when they’re ready.  But they are going to be armed with a load.  So, what should we do to help them?

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We can’t pick a new road to go on.  They also have a convoy with them.  We can’t get around them to pass.  Why not back off and give them the room they need to settle those pebbles?  You don’t drop good friends because a rock or two comes in your car’s direction.  You stick with them for the times they really need you.  Their truck might run out of gas or get a flat tire.  These are the times they need you.  It might be a good time to approach them and ask them what they need.  And they WILL need you.

If you follow too close (get too involved), you’re going to get hammered with rocks.  When you get too much of it, you’re not going to be in any shape to be able to help others with your bright and cheery demeanor.  Other trucks might be breaking down and you’ll miss that opportunity to help the truck (friend) who really needs you now.

The lesson I learned from all this was that I’m not going to stop dump trucks from dropping gravel.  I’m going to leave a little more room between me and them and maybe if someday they need help, I’ll be ready.