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The Garden of Your Mind. Monday September 12, 2016

Surrounding the Garden of Your Mind, there is a perfect wall - just as there is a dome encasing and protecting your brain.

Within that wall is a fertile garden, open to nurturing and growing any thought, idea or imagination that takes root there. The Garden of the Mind does not discriminate but rather multiplies anything that is sown - good or bad, resourceful or unresourceful, positive or negative. Which is why it is wise to guard the garden.

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." Marcus Tullius Cicero

My mind is both garden and library - I have everything I need... as long as I understand my role as guardian, gardener and librarian.

As Gardener, I watch the Gateways to the Garden. These are the five primary senses: seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling.

Let's take the last first. Scent is a powerful sense - and one that directly impacts memory and recall. Interestingly, it is one of the best guarded gateways to your creative garden. As soon as we smell an unpleasant scent, we naturally recoil and move away from a potentially noxious source.

Taste is the same. If it tastes bad, the brain says it is most likely to be bad. We spit it out, or, in the case of bad medicine, at least grimace. Touch is clever too - if something is too hot or too cold or too sharp - we respond rapidly.

I wish our senses were so acutely calibrated when it comes to seeing and hearing. These are the biggest and broadest gateways.

"More than 50 percent of the cortex, the surface of the brain, is devoted to processing visual information." David Williams

It seems to me that we are more than willing to let dangerous stimuli enter freely through what we look at and listen to. I watched "The Wolf of Wall Street" last week. It seemed that every other word was the "F" word. Whilst this is totally unnecessary, the toxin is the 'permission' this gives our brain to grow a crop of our own "F" response to anything which annoys us. Research into Mirror Neurons also would suggest that we mentally rehearse everything we pay close attention to with a view to imitating the behaviour. I wonder how many people my mind has murdered watching (and thus 'mirroring') the 'hero' in an action movie? Then there's all that sex... enough said?

Fear not! I'm not anti-TV or Video Games... I just believe we would be wise to be purposeful about what we sow in the garden of the mind. My belief is that we get more of what we pay attention to.

So, what shall we pay more attention to? What we want more of, of course!

So, sow, sew...

The great news is this stuff just works! What you look at will grow in the garden of your mind. What you listen to will grow in the garden of your mind. Who you mix with - their behaviours, attitudes, habits - all are infectious! Do you know someone with an infectious sense of humour? You'll catch it if you spend enough time in their presence! Do you know someone with infectious joy? It's catching!

What would you like more of? Let's be purposeful this week and deliberately plant good seeds in the garden.

A Moodscope member.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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Lex Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 5:04am

Dedicated to The Gardener, of course! xx

Carol Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 7:49am

This is a wonderful post today. Thank you Lex. Carol

Lex Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 3:46pm

Thank you Carol! Lx

Lou Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 6:12am

This is an excellent image; the mind as a fertile garden. You have really got me thinking, and I shall be far more aware of letting negative thoughts in in case they land and take root. Thanks for getting me thinking Lex!

Lex Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 7:17am

You're welcome, Lou... watch out for the weeds! Negative thinking is so interestingly like weeds in that weeds seem to grow so easily - as do "The Negs" - get 'em! Lx

Lou Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 7:23am

Excellent point! I shall be watching for weeds today ;)

LillyPet Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 6:43am

Hi Lex.
Your blog is perfect for me this morning. I woke up feeling anxious and low. Overwhelmed with too many important things to do. Am telling myself that it will pass, that it's probably just a Monday thing. Like Lou I like the idea of not letting these negative thoughts take root. Allow the guardian and gardener to help. I'm interested to hear more about the librarian. The sky is blue and they are just worries. As my friend would say, it all comes under the heading of To Do Lists!
Thank you Lex, I'll focus on which seeds I'd like to plant. Love to all LPxx

Lex Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 7:18am

Hello Lovely LillyPet... you do know that you sow so many wonderful seeds in other people's lives, don't you? Maybe it's our turn to invest in your garden. I appreciate you and Lou for taking the time to reach out and connect. Have a day that will be full of blessings you notice. Lx

LillyPet Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 11:01pm

:) x

Hopeful One Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 7:49am

Hi Lex- I throughly enjoyed reading your post today. So full of interesting facts and observations. The way I see it is that our minds are pretty autonomous.We do not control its output. If we could we would simply block our unhappy thoughts and live with our happy thoughts ever after. So bubbling up from our subconscious are a stream of thoughts more or less random -some good ,some bad some happy ,some sad. The next step we take is the critical one and it takes place in the conscious. We can choose which thoughts to respond to and which to ignore. By deliberately choosing the flowers instead of the weeds (one to decide which one is which)we make that garden of our mind bloom.

You ask "Do you know someone with a sense of humour?" I will leave it to fellow Moodscopers to make it infectious!

A police officer pulls over this guy who's been weaving in and out of the lanes. He goes up to the guy's window and says, "Sir, I need you to blow into this breathalyzer tube." The man says, "Sorry, officer, I can't do that. I am an asthmatic. If I do that, I'll have a really bad asthma attack." "Okay, fine. I need you to come down to the station to give a blood sample." "I can't do that either. I am a hemophiliac. If I do that, I'll bleed to death." "Well, then, we need a urine sample." says the officer "I'm sorry, officer, I can't do that either as my bladder is empty." "All right, then I need you to come out here and walk on this white line." says the officer "I can't do that, officer." says the guy . Now ,becoming fustrated ,the officer says "Why not?" "Because I'm drunk."

Lex Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 7:54am

Laughing out loud... sober, of course, for it is but 7.55 in the morning! Yes, Hopeful One, agree with all you've written about the mind. There is, of course, the addition of other people planting their seeds in our mind. This is why we all need to be vigilant and to be "The Gardener" - like our friend. Have a great day, my friend with an infectious sense of humour - the best sense ever! Lx

Duma Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 8:20am

Actual lol!

morag Tue, Sep 13th 2016 @ 12:03am

So funny.made my day thank you.

Amanda Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 7:59am

Hi Lex , thank you for your post today I really love it and it makes so much sense. I teach hypnobirthing which focuses on the positivity in the mind and how that impacts on the birth experience . I wonder if you would mind if I share some of your thoughts in this blog please? I am happy to credit you with the original blog if that's appropriate. A x

Lex Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 8:22am

Hi Amanda, I'm over the moon to know that someone finds these blogs useful enough to want to share. Please do... and that's an open statement for any of the blogs I contribute to our community. Have a great day. Lx

DAVE Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 8:05am

Hi Lex,
Thought provoking blog.
It's apparent that we all have these senses, not withstanding that fact, But it is what we do with them.

They come automatically as we approach others, but it is vital that they are used in an orderly manner, for if there is no order, there is kaos, kaos attracts various weeds, these come in the form of users who sap the ground of our minds, spit us out and prohibit further growth, then there are the weeds who dominate the mind, preventing even the smallest flower to bloom and give off its fragrance, thereby preventing our smell of beautiful things. Along comes the weed who takes great pleasure in squashing any positive ideas from exiting our minds, if as the gardener, we allow these weeds and many more who cause tears in our minds, as we cannot SEE that path which is clear ahead, leading us through our garden in an orderly fashion.

Other weeds force us to endure a verbal outburst , these weeds fail to HEAR, they don't really LISTEN to our cries for help, as they are too busy gaining the 'Light' over the canopy.

The weed that prevents TOUCH is a weed of abusive language, perhaps from a partner, husband, wife, mother or father, brother or sister, preventing us to express our need to cuddle, or get closer.

There is the weed of TASTE so forceful that you could become addicted to it, taking you down a forbidden oath of destruction.

Then there is the weed of SMELLING, a dirty weed that is never clean, and one which can overpower the mind into believing that it really isn't as bad as it smells.

If we develope and strive to obtain order in our minds, these WEEDS will be overcome, which in itself attracts the GOOD SEED as the gardener stands back and admires his dedicated work, that his MIND, in harmony with his HEART has created such beauty from potentially WASTE and STONY GROUND, the beauty of his blooms, all DOMINENT in each separate 'bed of Roses'.

You're the GOOD gardener, as your incite declares, you lead from the fron, and prevent the destroying weeds from entering your space.

Keep going and you'll always come up smelling of roses.


Lex Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 8:24am

Hi Dave, I love the depths in what you choose so thoughtfully to share. Thank you so much. Lx

Lex Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 8:32am

Reminds me of, for me, a very motivating song: "Up from the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success." Lx

Jul Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 8:42am

You've got me thinking again Lex. Its good to be able to choose what will make us feel better by focussing on pleasing things, films, events, nature etc. I hadn't realised before how watching a film like Wolf of Wall St could make one use the F word more. I used to watch Dexter and there was a female police officer who made the word sound quite funny and attractive and I swear (!) I started to use it more after that in the same tone as she did. I am not sure about violent video games and their connection to violence althoigh I think there have been some court cases which have highligted this. I just don't know why the law allows such violent games to be played by juniors which is why I think possibly they must be less harmful than I imagine. I love this blog Lex. Jules xxx

Lex Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 8:52am

Thanks Jules... I actually haven't been completely honest. I think violent films and video games do encourage violence. There you go, I've been fully honest. Lx

Jul Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 2:03pm

I believe they do too Lex. Jules xxx

Duma Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 8:43am

Lex, can I tell you my favourite girl's name?

I think I can - it's 'Briar'.

If I ever (accidentally) breed (I have had genetic counselling) and it'e a girl, that'll be the name.

That , pretty much sums up my attitude to gardening.

To quote the magnificent Kate Bush -

"It's a jungle in here!
there are wild animals...
...loose in here!"

To go all Yoda - "My mind, describing, she was..."

Not that I can prove that, of course. lol

As for being a librarian - I could tell you stories and a saga or twenty seven, that you, LITERALLY, would not believe.

You'd have to listen to me retell them, and decide for yourself.

If you knew them to be true. Or not.

Anyway, I have to go, my cat needs fed, that Foodbank isn't going to volunteer manage itself and frankly, I smell like a rhinocerous. I NEED a shower.

Here's hoping you know your stuff, multi-tasking, as you are. :)

Cheers, Duma.

Lex Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 3:21pm

Oh Duma, now I'm really curious. Stories about being a librarian... ??? And sagas I would not literally believe... how do I find out more? Lx

Duma Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 5:44pm

Well, I do have an open blog. On facebook, I have told some very tall (about 7'3") tales on it. If I pass on a link to Caroline Ashcroft, would you get it?

Duma Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 5:52pm

Or you could get my email from her, perhaps?

Andrew Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 10:10am

Too busy to comment this morning Lex, but I loved the blog...thanks for sharing as ever...

Lex Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 3:21pm

Hi Andrew, I appreciate whatever and whenever you can share. To know you loved it is enough! Lx

Amanda Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 12:26pm

Thanks Lex, I've shared it on my Facebook page :)

Orangeblossom Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 3:28pm

Thanks Lex for this very informative and interesting blog. I loved it.

Lex Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 3:45pm

Thank you Orangeblossom... so glad you loved it! Lx

The Gardener Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 4:56pm

HO, what a beaut. If Marcus Aurelius is right I am doubly blessed. (Not blessed with having two houses - a headache of the first order). But I've been sitting in garden of first house, thanks to hot weather flowers still brilliant. Wandered round the library, hunting books for my shop window, subject the Patrimony week-end. also have First house and garden open this week-end - classic early 18th C facade and wood pannelling Then I have my stolen garden - for the future - and in lived in house another library and flowered terrace. The middle of the shop is piled high with books we'll never read again, and people come and browse. Two Australian ladies came in and stocked up for the long journey home. The author who I worship, the late Alan Coren, had a mind which was seriously cultivated, in actual learning and what grew in it. He would take a snippet of news, and wind ivy and convulvulus round it - the characters in his 'Peanut Papers' (President Carter family) were excruciatingly funny (except to the family, who tried to get them stopped). I have an ambitious idea for a 'salon', get together on Sunday afternoons in winter (dire here). I've a nasty idea I've pinched this idea from Moodscope. I want, as an icebreaker, for them to write the major events in their lives (no actual details) as a road journey - mapping long smooth patches, bumpy bits, pot-holes, diversions, crossroads and crashes. My mind, for which I am grateful, seems pretty fertile, but as undisciplined as my garden.

The Gardener Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 4:57pm

Lex, just seen the note 'dedicated to the Gardener', boy, what a pleasure - love from a rather dirty, tousled Gardener. XX

Lex Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 5:07pm

You know we love you, Gardener! xx

Lex Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 4:58pm

An audio version from today's Breakfast Broadcast... if you'd like it!

the room above the garage Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 5:24pm

Thank you Lex, my brain is whirring again! Loved ratg x.

the room above the garage Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 5:25pm

Thank you Lex, my brain is whirring again! Loved ratg x.

the room above the garage Mon, Sep 12th 2016 @ 5:25pm

Thank you Lex, my brain is whirring again! Loved ratg x.

Lex Thu, Sep 15th 2016 @ 7:39am

I love it when you whirrrrrratg xx

Nicco Mon, Oct 3rd 2016 @ 5:38pm

A lovely blog. Thank you, Lex.

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