Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rhododendrons Rooting

Rhododendrons root by "layering." Pull one of their branches down to the ground and put a large rock on it. When you come back 6 months later, the branch will have roots growing on its underside.

My rhododendrons have rooted their branches without any assistance from me, so, to thin them, i rip out some of these low-rooted branches.

Our habits of mind root themselves in our psyche, sometimes without our noticing. Label those thoughts. Label every thought you notice.

You don't need to judge the thought or wish you hadn't had it or tell yourself you "shouldn't" think such thoughts. That's just the ego trying to exert control and make the whole exercise so unpleasant that you'll just drop it.

The ground doesn't say, "I wish that rhododendron wouldn't grow here. I don't want its roots." The earth accepts whatever is given to it.

Label that thought.
And the next one.
And the next one.

It doesn't matter if you don't have exactly the right label. The label is not the point.

We simply want to notice our habits of mind.

Illustrations from tekura.school.nz

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