“The scent of flowers is a gift to you. The [ocean’s] waves bow down before you, and the trees extend their arms to shield you from the heat … “ A Course In Miracles
“I will see my life as filled with beauty and joy today.”
When the ground is hard and has lost its nutrients it cannot grow perfect flowers, yet somehow weeds still grow. It is the same with our hearts. When our heart is hard and has lost its kindness and compassion, we lose our ability to heal. Such a heart does not grow happiness, but only weed-like thoughts that dig their roots through pain and suffering. It is only when we practice the teachings of a Loving God that we create a beautiful earth with miraculous wonders and joyful moments. This is the earth in which beautiful flowers abound.
Now, we can gather the beautiful flowers, cool our feet in the ocean’s waves and rest in the shade of the ancient tree. The loving thoughts that flower within us have changed our lives. We pick their counterpart from our healthy garden and put them together in a vase on our kitchen table and breathe in the heavenly scent of happiness. As we enjoy the experiences caused by our beautiful flowers and our beautiful thoughts, we naturally share them with others with no effort on our part.
“When our heart’s garden is calm and radiant and the flowers of our heart light the way, people around us will recognize the beauty of life and realize how precious it is to be alive.” Teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh
Our calm and loving thoughts nourish our hearts and minds just as water and sunlight and healthy soil nourish our flowers. Why would we want to suffer when our lives can be filled with beauty and joy?