4 Mar

Before the Creative Process

Love Grown Here

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–these were the things that had taken root and were now growing.

The items that had been intentionally planted by me were showing lots of stress.
They were competing for the sunlight and the rain against incompatible partners.
Their 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 something.
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 in life 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 neighbor’s 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 🙂 !!

"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

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  1. Diane

    Thank you so very much for sharing your thoughts and inspiring messages. I love to read them as much as I love your paintings. Wishing you a wonderful new year!

  2. Thank you, Dreama, for sharing this beautiful, insightful, and treasured gift from your garden; what we nurture will grow 💗🌱🌿🌴🌷🌹💗 God Bless and I’m wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year ~ Miss you!!!

  3. Mary Lee Morgan

    Simply beautiful painting, just like the simply beautiful you. Thanks for sharing your mind thoughts.

  4. Fantastic message, Dreama! I am an eternal optimist and completely agree with your thoughts on how to cultivate the garden of the mind! Your inspirations are so beautiful!

  5. Carol

    Thank you for sharing. Beautifully said❣️

  6. Renate keis

    Dreama, Hi!
    Just gotta express my heartfelt joy & appreciation for your uplifting ‘notes’ & usually impeccable Divine timing!! xox I’m an overall upbeat Soul but it’s always so much richer connecting with similarily inclined Others to play with.
    Love & appreciate your happy Heart & words AND photos, of course incl Petie, what a handsome guy!!
    Tx always for your happy, fun & loving thots…with my sights on one of your courses when in my own place again…still practicing hang of manifesting key desires.
    Wishing you & yours a fabulous Holiday Season & the ‘new normalcy’ shape of 2021!!! xoxo Love & Hugs Always, Renate

  7. Julene

    Thank you, Dreama! I needed to read this! It feels like a breath of glory and fills up my heart with goodness.

  8. Kandy

    Love your words. They always hit home. You have a beautiful way of expressing your thoughts through your paintings and your writing. Thanks for always sharing your heart!

  9. Donna Aloia

    Thank you for this ,, as of late there is so much negativity out there , I really am in control of my own mind , I will keep this closeby and read it again when the creepy crawleys try to invade my garden ,
    I have your courses and I’ve had one thing after another keeping me from finding my garden of peace so I can paint ,,
    I will move forward it seems at a snails pace though

    Thanks again Dreama , you always seem to pop up when I need peace most ,,,
    Warmest regards Donna Aloia

  10. Lucille Chamberlin

    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!

  11. Ceci Lam

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

  12. June

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

  13. June

    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.

  14. Florence Ashton Schadler

    May we cultivate carefully and lovingly.

  15. Sue K

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

  16. Gloria J Callahan

    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.

  17. Shelly Medley

    Is this one still available?

  18. Carolyn Kellogg

    You too are in my mind garden…

  19. Petite Paintings by Nancy Loh

    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!

  20. Sally Chupick

    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 reminder

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