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Plant Flowers, Pull Weeds (maybe be slow to open)
During the workshop, Rick emphasized that it is so important
to expand on the positive “mind states” in life
and to try to limit and decrease the negative “mind states.”
In addition to that, he emphasizes that it’s so important to increase “clock time” in positive mood states…that the neurobiological impact of that increase will actually lead to positive changes in the functioning of the brain.
Now, THAT is highly motivating to me!!
And hence this reminder page for myself…
“plant flowers” = expand on the positives
“pull weeds”= decrease the negatives
And that’s a good way to create a more beautiful “garden of life”
A few other “pages” that use this “plant flowers, pull weeds” idea
Garden of Life: (click on image to enlarge it) I did a project with the kids in my class at school: I used fruits and vegetables, rather than flowers. (I figured that kids might be very motivated to AVOID growing and eating certain vegetables) We talked about trying to plant only the kinds of seeds that you want to have grow…because that is what you’ll probably get from your garden. They get the idea of planting positive (happy) seeds and trying as much as possible NOT to plant negative (unhappy) seeds. Here is a page one of the kids created, on the computer, showing the garden he wants to grow and what the seeds might represent.
Another, “simpler” flower garden: click image to enlarge
Update, August 1: I have posted this image several times in this blog. This image/idea has made a significant, positive difference in how I approach life…a very positive change. I have copies of the image printed on paper and transparencies and have taped them up on several walls and windows…it’s starting to “sink in”. My sincere thanks to Rick Hansen for this special way of phrasing it… : )
May we all make steady progress in
planting more flowers and pulling more weeds…
August 4, another update: I just saw this quote on a daily quote site…
Thursday, August 04, 2011
“Basically we are all the same human beings
with the same potential to be a good human being or a bad human being .
The important thing is to realize the positive side and try to increase that; realize the negative side and try to reduce.
That’s the way. “