Garlic mustard is an invasive weed which chokes out good and beautiful plants in gardens and the forest.
To eradicate it means pulling up every plant, including the roots. And even then, there’s a need to deprive them of light and air, to be done with them once and for all. It took three years to nearly eradicate the garlic mustard in my yard. Now I can spot it quickly, and get rid of any new invasion fast.
How does that compare to weeding my thinking? Well, when I have any miserable thoughts, it can seem like an impossible amount of work. I can try short cuts, get frustrated, or just ignore them. But I’ve learned there’s far more success by treating miserable thoughts like weeds. We shouldn’t condemn ourselves by saying, “I must have been planting these negative thoughts.” We have the authority to pull them up, because they are no part of us.
I love the way the King James Version has this passage in the Bible: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.” Jeremiah 29: 11, 12
To me, it highlights how God, as divine Love, sends us “thoughts of peace, and not of evil.” This helps us to identify God-like thoughts, and those that aren’t from God, who is all good and gives us only good. Once we get rolling, it becomes easier to spot the weedy thoughts, and toss them. We can be sure that God isn’t the source of them, and we are not the source of them either.
It has become a moment-by-moment task of joyful upkeep. It doesn’t take days or even hours. Depriving “weedy” thoughts of mental light and air, makes room for a peaceful mental garden. A garden we all deserve and we can all enjoy.