Cultivate the garden of your mind

Robin S. Sharma's The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari talks about seven "timeless virtues of enlightened living".

The Symbol
The garden: a symbol for the mind

The Virtue
Master your Mind

The Wisdom
If you care for your mind, if you nurture it and if you cultivate it like a fertle, rich garden, it will blossom far beyond your expectation, but if you let the weeds take root, lasting peace of mind and dee inner harmony will always elude you

The Techniques
The Heart of the Rose - strengthen or discipline your mind by staring at the centre or the heart of the rose each day

Opposition Thinking - become aware that you are thinking uninspiring, gloomy or negative thoughts; every time that happens, replace those thoughts with cheerful ones

The Secret of the Lake - use positive images to influence the mind; visualise mental pictures of all that that you want to be, to have and to attain in your life

Some Good Quotes
"Most people live - whether physically, intellectually or morally - in a very restricted circle of their potential being. We all have reservoirs of life to draw upon of which we do not dream." -
William James

"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds: your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you will find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be." - Patanjali

"The price of greatness is responsibility over each of your thoughts." - Winston Churchill

"Success, like happiness, cannot be pursued. It must ensue. And it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself." - Victor Frankl

"There is no such thing as objective reality or 'the real world'."

"No matter what happens to you in your life, you alone have the capacity to choose your response to it."

"The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts."

"There are no mistakes in life, only lessons. There is no such thing as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, learn and advance along the road of self-mastery."

"Stop judging events as either positive or negative. Rather simply experience them, celebrate them and learn from them."

"Begin to live out of the glory of your imagination, not your memory... When you learn to take control of your thoughts and vividly imagine all that you desire from this worldly existence in a state of total expectancy, dormant forces will awaken inside you. You will begin to unlock the true potential of your mind to create the kind of magical life that I believe you deserve."

"The mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master."

"The boundaries of your life are merely creations of the self."

"...luck... is nothing more than the marriage of preparation with opportunity."

"The very fact that you have a desire or a dream means that you have the corresponding capacity to realize it... However, to liberate the power of the mind, you must first be able to harness it."

"The secret of happiness is simple: find out what you truly love to do and then direct all of your energy towards doing it."

"The best thing you can do for yourself is regularly move beyond [your comfort zone]."

"Discover your real reason for being here and then have the courage to act on it."

"Either you control your mind or it controls you."

"Thoughts are vital, living things, little bundles of energy... the quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life."

"You truly cannot afford the luxury of even one negative thought."

"...the mind works through pictures. Pictures affect your self-image and your self-image affects the way you feel, act and achieve."

"...your mind has magnetic power to attract all that you desire into your life."

"There is nothing noble about being superior to some other person. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self."

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