I took a sip of water from mine right before my interview started with WGN’s Charlie Potter on his Great Outdoors show. HA! I was having trouble getting the first few words out, but I rallied.
Funny story- I had the interview on my calendar incorrectly, and the WGN producer located me in the middle of a hike. It was a windy day, so I had to find shelter and ended up in a drainage section out of the wind. (Yes, your mind eye should show me crouching in a low point in the mountains to stay out of the wind). Hilarious, but I suppose being in the mountains was right on topic since he was interviewing about my book Mountain Mantras.
Charlie is a great interviewer and led us through a wonderful discussion about how nature allows us to be the best versions of ourselves. We ended up talking about about the need for a Digital Detox. I talked about a specific day when I turned off my phone, computer, TV, the works, and ended up starting my garden.
Here is the bounty only a few weeks later!
Here is an excerpt from Mountain Mantras where I talk about the need to “weed our minds”
Your Mind as a Garden
Our minds are similar to gardens in that some openness and space are actually required for our most productive thoughts to grow and flourish. I have resisted this idea in the past, thinking that clearing the mind was just an excuse to not apply yourself.
Dan Harris asked, when he wrote his book on meditation, 10% Happier, “If I quiet the voice in my head, will I lose my edge?” The answer, Harris found, as supported by many other studies on meditation, is that you don’t need “compulsive worry” to be successful. Quite to the contrary, quieting the mind allows you to tap into your potential for creativity. As Feng Shui urges you to de-clutter, jettison the old papers from your drawers and clothes from your closet so you can bring in the new, meditation aims to get the clutter out of your head to allow fresh and new thoughts to take root and expand.
The metaphor of the mind as a garden also helps us to un- derstand the detrimental nature of negative thoughts. Negative thoughts are the mind’s weeds. They will not only crowd out your genius, but also consume space and resources and leave you with nothing beneficial. You may not be able to get rid of all negative thoughts, but be on the constant lookout for how many weeds are sprouting and why.
Make garden and mind weed-free
Maximize freedom and creativity
I love the movement around school gardens inspired by The Edible Schoolyard Project.