“When life is not coming up roses
Look to the weeds
and find the beauty hidden within them.”
Take a seat of meditation: tall spine, lifted chest, soft shoulders. Take three calming breaths in and out through your nose.
Bring to mind one thing that’s troubling you this week. Anything that’s bringing you down or stealing your energy. Think of this thing as a weed in the garden of your heart. Visualize this thing - pale and brown and drooping - planted right in the middle of your patch of colorful and vibrant flowers. Contrast the beauty of the abundant, lush garden with the dreariness of the lonely weed.
Keep picturing this scene in your heart and start to move out of your head. Let go of contemplation and rest your mind. Don’t try to pull the weed.
Softly focus on that garden in your heart, with awareness of the weed, but loving attention on the flowers. Watch the weed ever-so-slowly turn from brown to green. See the stalk grow plump and sprout new leaves. Notice as buds begin to pop out between the leaves. And, slowly, petal-by-petal, observe as flowers bloom.
Enjoy three more full, rich breaths while imagining yourself sitting among all of the blooming flowers of your garden.