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The Power of the Mind

Spring has a lot going for it. The sun is more present, the birds are more chirpy, the leaves are so tenderly green. It is a season of growth and gain.

There is the old adage, that what you focus on grows. Imagine if you could focus on a flower so much, that it could grow! That’s exactly what happens in the mind. If you put the full power of your attention on positive movement, you will actually generate positive movement.

This is called the Power of Positive Thinking or Manifesting, today’s popular phrase. But what it is, under the label, is the ability of the mind to generate experience. The Buddha said, “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”

Manifesting literature often focuses on visualization for material gain. But the Buddha had something else in mind. He was interested in the alleviation of suffering. When you focus your mind on positive outcomes, self-judgment and negative thinking have to fall away. There is just not room for them to grow. And it is precisely negative thinking that is the root of suffering.

So in this season of growth and gain, it’s a good time to ask: what am I focusing on? What positive outcome can I put my attention on?

Here is a good mantra for today:
In this breath, I am a flower,
growing into full bloom.
In this breath, I am the water
that the flower drinks from its roots.
In this breath, I am the sun,
shining in my heart of hearts.
In this breath, I am a flower,
adding beauty to the world.

In support of your blossoming,