Weeding My Thoughts to Plant New Seeds

Consciousness, Healing, Inspirational, Personal

It is wonderful (yet I’ll admit a little scary) for me to be able to share something that I have considered so intimate for so long with my readers — my poetry writing.I love gardening and working on my self-talk so this poem is a good reminder for me to keep on weeding! I hope you enjoy it and I welcome comments.

Weeding My Thoughts to Plant New Seeds

By Jennifer Mannion 07/08

I am weeding through

my thoughts

negative self talk

ugly words

that spread

as many weeds have

in the unattended

plot of dirt.

The big ones

come away easily

though tiring nonetheless.

It is these little ones

peeking out

now you see them

now you don’t

depending on the sun

rain,

the way the wind is blowing

that day.

I take hold

and pull

fully aware

and present.

They do come out

with effort.

I feel relief

at their release.

Time to plant

good thoughts

the flowers

to replace

the barren dirt

turned up soil

the result of

weeds removed.

Just seeds at first

but I see the picture

on the seed package.

I know they will ultimately

be exquisite.

I can visualize

in my mind’s eye

the awakening

to come

from deep inside.

The Universe provides

all the daily nutrients.

I express gratitude

for the constants.

The sun, water

air needed for survival

so fresh

given abundantly.

I am patient

mostly

as I wait for

new growth.

Anticipating

yet still pulling weeds.

Daily upkeep is necessary

to prevent

the weeds from threatening

impending beauty and

further development.

Finally I can see

they are coming

slowly it seems

at first.

Then suddenly

sprouting faster

than I could have imagined.

The absolute beauty of

the flowers

burst into life

colors, smells

everything feels new

when you look at

existence this way.

I feel the flowers

and myself

vibrating

with aliveness.

I enjoy

the magnificence

while understanding

there is still

work to be done.

Dead-heading

so new growth

can continue.

I give thanks

when I reflect on

the transformation.

The pure energy

and thrill I get

every time

I envision

the old weedy plot

and how far

it has come.

Since I am cognizant

of the weeds

they come less often.

There is less upkeep.

Growth will continue

as long as I am present, thankful.

How could I not be?

Change is

incredibly inspiring.

20 Comments

  1. Lyman Reed

    Beautiful, Jenny… thank you for sharing that! 🙂

  2. Jenny Mannion

    Thanks so MUCH Lyman! I have no trouble sharing my thoughts or opinions on anything under the sun — but poetry has been something I have usually only shared with very close friends and family. This did have me holding my breath a bit before pressing PUBLISH POST. 😉 I’m all for facing fears though and am SOOOO happy you enjoyed it and stopped to comment. THANK YOU! Love, Jenny

  3. Susanno

    So sweet Jenny… I love it so much. Its a great read to starting this week.

  4. Jenny Mannion

    Thank you so much Susanno! It is a good reminder for me to read in the beginning of the week with my lists in from of me as well! 😉 Gotta keep planting those seeds and weeding! Love, Jenny

  5. Akemi

    Thank you for sharing. I love gardening, too! Isn’t it great to see tiny new sprouts come out seeking the sun light. And so true, they suddenly start growing really fast at one point. They sure appreciate your weeding and caring.

  6. Jenny Mannion

    Thank you Akemi! I am pretty certain my remembering my dream at all was due to your amazing reading and clearing so a HUGE thanks for that. I love gardening and for a NYC girl that couldn’t even keep a cactus alive I am very impressed with my gardens! My self talk is getting there as well….. all is a process and I will keep weeding and planting! Gratefully, Jenny

  7. Irene | Light Beckons

    Wow Jenny … I felt I’d read my own growth process in that poem! Love the way you described it. 🙂

  8. Jenny Mannion

    Hi Irene, That is so sweet and nice to hear! Ahh growth — it IS a process isn’t it? 😉 I am very thankful for how far I have come and I do try to be patient when I think of how far I want to go! Thanks so much for your nice words! gratefully, Jenny

  9. Bruno LoGreco

    awesome Jenny! – I love the analogy you you used to present your feelings to negative self-talk.

    I am glad you shared your poetry with us 🙂

  10. Jenny Mannion

    Hey Bruno, You are always so supportive — thank you!!!! It is greatly appreciated and I am very happy you liked the poem. 🙂 Gratefully, Jenny

  11. Cath Lawson

    Hi Jenny – That is a brilliant poem. I love the idea of negative thoughts being weeds and the flowers managing to bloom through once you’ve removed them.

  12. Jenny Mannion

    Hi Cath, Wow, brilliant — I am VERY grateful for that HUGE compliment! (blush) Thank you for commenting and for your post on Akemi. I mentioned in my comment to her — it was the night of her “clearing” that I came up with the idea in a dream and actually remembered it the next day (not typical for me AT ALL)! I am really enjoying the community on your blog and your wonderful posts! Gratefully, Jenny

  13. Chuck Bartok

    Jenny,
    I truly enjoyed your poetry.
    Interesting to see Layman here.
    Another Brilliant Creator.
    Keep up the good work and always wear that smile

  14. Jenny Mannion

    Hi Chuck, I am glad you enjoyed my poem. I will definitely check out your gardening site…. I have a bunch of veggies depending on me this year! Lyman is awesome indeed! Thanks for commenting. Gratefully, Jenny

  15. Bruno LoGreco

    You are very welcome!!

  16. Liara Covert

    You certainly have many talents to inspire people. I am glad you found the courage to share these beautiful words in your own special way. You are talented and loving and share much joy.

    Liara Coverts last blog post..You are never upset for reasons you assume

  17. Jenny Mannion

    Hi Liara, THANK you so much for your kind words. I do love sharing joy and my life lessons. I strive to learn and awaken more every day and BOY am I loving the journey! Gratefully, with love, Jenny

  18. Crystal

    I enjoyed your poem very much. It shows depth and understanding of our personal growth, both of weeds and blooms.
    I too do not share my writings or poetry w/ many – if any. I understand how hard this could’ve been, giving away such personal thoughts/feelings, so I appreciate these verses that you released.

  19. Jenny Mannion

    Hi Crystal,
    Thank you so much for your kind words. Yes with blogging sometimes the line between what I share and what I don’t is blurred. I usually go to thinking, “is it possible for someone to benefit from reading this?” for an answer. We all go through a lot of the same thought patterns and issues as we go through life just with different circumstances. When we share with others we are letting them know they are not alone and most will take some comfort in that knowledge. Thank you so much for your comment and for reading my writing! Love, Jenny

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