Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Water Your Fruit Tree by Guest Blogger, Rick Hanson

A saying has been rattling around in my mind for many years, and it's kind of a running theme for me: water your fruit tree. I think it's a good way to look at the New Year. If you don't tend to the things that feed you - especially the one or two or three that make a really big difference - your life doesn't bear all the fruit that it could for you and others.

This practice is a way of approaching "resolutions" that feels much more warm-hearted and bottom-up than bossing oneself top-down - Go to the gym! Stop eating sweets! Practice gratitude! - as we usually do . . . to little effect.

What's that one thing which really sets your life right, lifts your whole state of being, and makes a big difference for you?

What could happen this year if you regularly watered this particular fruit tree?

Rick Hanson is the author of Buddha's Brain. He publishes a weekly newsletter, Just One Thing, from which today's blog is excerpted.

He also publishes a quarterly Wise Brain Bulletin.

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