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The Mind Garden

Updated: Jan 30

Did you know that our minds are alike gardens? Each day, seeds are sown into our minds through various channels such as scrolling through our phones, social media, relationships, and interactions. It's our daily choice to decide which messages (seeds) are planted and nurtured. Some of these seeds are sown unknowingly or knowingly.

Just as beautiful flowers thrive, at times, we inadvertently allow weeds to flourish. These weeds can grow to a point where they become bothersome, frustrating, and overshadow the beauty of the flowers in our garden.

For the purpose of this blog, let's call these weeds 'Negative core beliefs'—maladaptive thoughts that influence our sense of self and well-being.

Often, we find ourselves defining our sense of self (the garden) based on these negative beliefs (weeds) that we've accepted. Listen! You are not those weeds. How dare you let those weeds define you? It's time to uproot them.

While we can't control the seeds that fall into our garden, we can control what we choose to nurture and let grow. We can opt to water the things that aid in our growth—things that bring us peace, joy, laughter, and happiness.

We have the power to reject those negative thoughts—the ones that tell us we're not good enough, not worthy enough, not smart enough, undeserving... You know those thoughts? Begin by dismissing them when they surface. Start by acknowledging and reminding yourself about the beautiful plants in your garden, which truly represent your reality.

Food for thought:

-What weeds have you allowed yourself to grow?

-Find out the roots of those negative thoughts and uproot them.

-What will you choose to let grow in your mind garden today?


-Brooke Grandison, LCSW

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Great blog! Great food for thought. What‘s in our garden? What will we allow to occupy space in our mind? What will we do about it?

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Yes! Because whatever we allow to operate in the spaces in our mind affects the way that we perceive ourselves which then impacts the decisions that we make. Thanks for your comment!

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