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Love Grown Here

"Love Grown Here" ©Dreama Tolle Perry/ Authentic Writing and Joyous Art

“Love Grown Here”
9 x 12in oil on museum quality panel
From My  Collection


Mind Gardening

I see the garden of my mind.  At one time it stood with neglected fencing that lay fallen over, broken and buried in the weeds.  A mishmash of whatever seed the birds had dropped or the wind had blown in were what had taken root and were growing.

The items that had been intentionally planted by me were stressed a lot—competing for the sunlight and the rain against incompatible partners.  The fruits were small and often times sparse.

Sometimes I’d be energized to do some weeding but would quickly tire and let things return to their natural state.
It seemed unmanageable.

Then in a quiet moment  (don’t you love those?) I realized….
It was MY garden.

I could plant what I wanted and uproot/destroy the rest, but most important of all, I could create a sturdy fence with a gated entry for my garden.  I could choose ahead of time what would be allowed in.


I set up a gatekeeper.
The instructions were:

 Only allow entrance to good/god thoughts—to peace, perfect love, JOY, forgiveness,   compassion, trust, imagination, creativity, inspiration, abundance,  delight, and gratitude.

Any negative stuff—fear, doubt, worry, criticism, judging—those things were absolutely not allowed admission.

With this new fence and gatekeeper, my garden  could become a place of great joy and delight—-full of plants bearing massive fruits—lush, fragrant, and abundant!

And the two biggest plants of all?  Gratitude and love of course—easily seen from miles around.

This “garden” is all in my mind you understand, but as you know, that’s where everything grows from.

The most important piece of “real estate” we will ever own is our mind.

When we decide what we will sow, the Universe conspires to make it grow and bear fruit.  Every juicy piece to come, exists in the seed we plant.

(Secretly, I have visions of my mind garden producing so much that I must sneak, by stealth of night, to place the extra bounty on my neighbors porches. Zucchinis of love and tomatoes of gratitude—just like real gardens grow!)

Planting time is present in every moment.
Today seems like an excellent day for sowing love, JOY, and a couple of rows of laughter 🙂 !!


  • Lucille Chamberlin - March 12, 2015 - 1:11 am

    Dreama…I ordered 3 aprons for my artist friends that I paint with….They loved them and they are SO nice with the wipe off material. And if I feel down I’ll just put on my apron. Thanks for all your up thoughts for us Artists…. Love you!ReplyCancel

  • Ceci Lam - March 11, 2015 - 4:38 pm

    This is a great post, Dreama. Started my day with a chuckle. Hugs to you. CReplyCancel

  • June - March 9, 2015 - 6:25 am

    ps – this is a stunning, stunning painting. The rich, deep, vivid luscious colours are just bursting with love and with joy.ReplyCancel

  • June - March 9, 2015 - 6:24 am

    Truly beautiful and inspired writing, Dreama. I love the idea of the mind garden, with allegories of flowers, fences and gatekeepers, and tending to it, with love and care and gratitude.

    I so very much needed to read this and to drink this in, Dreama.

    Bloom where we’re planted…and cultivate and then share the love and the joy.ReplyCancel

  • Florence Ashton Schadler - March 8, 2015 - 12:29 am

    May we cultivate carefully and lovingly.ReplyCancel

  • Sue K - March 7, 2015 - 7:18 pm

    Dreama! Such beautiful thoughts!! We are our minds keeper and what we focus on, we become. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Gloria J Callahan - March 6, 2015 - 7:26 pm

    I so needed to read this today and really think about My Garden, and as a real gardener of the earth it reached in and plucked my heart strings too. Thank You! Lovely painting also.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly Medley - March 5, 2015 - 11:06 pm

    Is this one still available?ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Kellogg - March 5, 2015 - 9:52 pm

    You too are in my mind garden…ReplyCancel

  • Petite Paintings by Nancy Loh - March 5, 2015 - 5:36 pm

    I enjoy reading all your growth notes but this one about tending our ‘secret’ garden, from which all things sprout, speaks abundantly to me and I’ll be sharing it. May you continue to experience all good things, Dreama!ReplyCancel

  • Sally Chupick - March 5, 2015 - 3:22 pm

    this is a lovely inspirational message Dreama. I will remember it and pay it forward by passing on it’s wisdom to my students in workshops next week. thanks for the inspiring reminderReplyCancel

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