People look at my gardens and say, "Where do you get your energy?" I could say, "From the garden." But i could also say, "I've sealed off a bunch of energy leaks." I don't listen to the news. I spend fewer than 2 minutes a day on Facebook. I don't watch TV or videos. I also try not to think and overthink situations in my life. I don't worry. Etcetera.
My friend Evelyn, age 80, tells me that she's thinning out the stuff in her condo. "Every thing, every possession takes energy." O-o-h-h-h. Right. I have several piles of incomplete projects. I glance at each one and feel unpleasant and think Later. This goes on for months and years. My mending basket, for instance. Stacks of photos. Incomplete manuscripts.
Our energy leaks out of our lives, all over the place. Then we are too tired. Then we "don't have enough time" for meditation.
What's the most important thing in your life? What do you love the most? Wouldn't you really rather spend your energy there?
Since the Dharma is the most important thing to me, i had better tend to my Dharma garden.