Spending time in the open country is always a blissful experience. Being one with nature, beholding beautiful sites, and enjoying fresh food from the farm are some of the things I look forward to when visiting the countryside. Nature has a way of healing the soul!
One of the things that I enjoyed when I was younger, is the farming experience. If you have never tried your hand in farming, then make sure you have it on your bucket list :-). I am not promising that it is going to be an easy task, but the process and the outcome have a way of transforming your life.
I listened to a podcast recently, and I got challenged to cultivate my mind. As I explored the subject, I discovered that cultivating the mind is a lot like farming.
Here are some of my thoughts on cultivating the mind.
1. Garbage in Garbage out
To have a great harvest, you must use quality seeds. Using quality seeds is the secret to a bumper harvest.
If you think about it, the information that you consume is a lot like seeds. When you consume quality information, then you will end up with, quality thoughts which will lead to a great life. Consuming negative information is, therefore, lethal since you will end up becoming what you consume.
Thinking about nothing and consuming no information at all is also dangerous since it will cause you to retrogress in life.
Since the quality of life you live is influenced by the decisions you make, exposing yourself to quality information is essential.
2. Iron Sharpens Iron
Weeding is a priority for any farmer who is serious about having a quality harvest. Allowing weeds to grow with your product is disadvantageous since they tend to take up all the nutrients, leaving you with an emaciated harvest.
When you think about it, who you surround yourself with is either building you up or taking you down with them. Associations have the power to shape your character as well as cultivate your mind. If you are looking to cultivate your mind, then ensure that you surround yourself with people who build you up and challenge you to be better.
The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.Kahlil Gibran
For plants to grow, light air and water are some of the key ingredients. In a sense, mindfulness is essential in cultivating the mind.
What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the state of being conscious of the present. It is used as a therapeutic technique but it is a great way to slow down to acknowledge your thoughts, feelings as well as emotions. It is a great way to slow down, to acknowledge your thoughts, feelings, as well as emotions.
Just 5 minutes of mindfulness, daily, can help you heighten your senses, which can, in turn, increase your cognitive abilities.
4. Brain Food
Another layer of farming is ensuring that you use the right nutrients for your produce. Ideally, it can be organic manure or fertilizers, but you are sure that at the end of the day, you will have a higher yield because you went the extra mile to provide the products with additional nutrients. If you want to optimize your mind, then there are certain foods that you need to eat.
The video below will help you learn more.
5. The Power of The Subconscious Mind
There is an invisible hand that makes the growth process somewhat magical.
People who mastered the subconscious mind, tapped into limitless potential that gave them quantum leaps. Knowing more about the subconscious mind is vital. (See video below)
One of the examples I can think of is Napoleon Hill, the author of Think and Grow Rich.
In one of his podcasts, he shares that he did not have the right title for that particular book. His publisher gave him an ultimatum, that, if he did not give him a great title, then he was going to use his own. He tapped into his subconscious mind and got a great title that helped the book become a best seller.
Listening to this story finally made it clear to me why people engage in daily affirmations.
How do you cultivate your mind?
Until the next post, let your soul sing!