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Tend Your Heart Garden

Tend Your Heart Garden

Do you want to attain your heart’s deepest, dearest desire? First, you need to be able to imagine it! How to do that? One metaphor that can really help is the Heart Garden, as set forth in Sonia Choquette’s wonderfully helpful (and heartwarming!) book. When we can imagine protecting and nurturing our tender desire-seeds in a Heart Garden, we take a great first step toward helping them grow to the full harvest of attainment. But one problem we all face is that we have inner voices (and sometimes outer ones!) that attack our desire-seeds as soon as they start to sprout.

Find out how to envision your own Heart Garden, and what to do about those varmints and pests, so that you can truly achieve your deepest heart’s desires, right here:

1. Plant the Seed.
Identify your deepest heart’s desire. Imagine this as a seed planted in your Heart Garden. Fertilize your garden by feeding it with input that nourishes your dreams. Read things that support your creativity, or look at visual images that depict what you want. Meditate and pray.

2. Worry Weeds.
One of the big weeds to watch out for is worry. Worry-weeds can spread like lightning and choke the life out of your Heart Garden. Recognize the inner worry-voice (which often starts with the words, “Yeah, but. . .) and simply recognize them as your fear, nothing more. Or perhaps your worry weeds take the form of “logic”–in reality, just others’ opinions. Imagine yanking out every single worry-weed and making a great compost heap of them! Choquette shares the story of one client’s favorite weed-busting technique: she filled a spritzer with lavender water and every time a worry-weed popped up, she spritzed a bit and said, “Die, weed, die!” It’s fun to take physical action to attack those worry-weeds (and the client reported that she gradually came to associate the smell of lavender with feeling in charge of what grew in her garden.)

3. Fence Your Garden.
There are people who will try to squash your dreams or steal them away. Protect your garden from the blight of negative people! Don’t share your dreams with anyone who will discourage you.

4. Daily Care and Feeding.
Be sure to nourish your Heart Garden every day with daily doses of love and imagination. Imagine yourself with a watering can sprinkling the garden with water every day. You will just about be able to see the new, healthy plants grow in front of your eyes.

Read more: Spirit, Guidance, Self-Help

Inspired by Your Heart’s Desire, by Sonia Choquette (Three Rivers Press, 1997).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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9:48PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

Nice article, thank you.

9:47PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

Nice article, thank you.

9:47PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

Nice article, thank you.

9:46PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

Nice article, thank you.

9:44PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

Nice article, thank you.

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Delightful and intriguing. As for the worry weeds many growing wild can be made into a tasty salad and sprinkled with herbs and even bacon bits. Weeds can be useful when growing in gardens as many try over over grow our own planted seeds but can be eaten like dandelion salad.

Having dreams and positive energies will bring about a green and lush garden filled with ferns, roses and lavender to name but a few and from there, the sky is the limit.

1:57AM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

Thank you

1:28AM PST on Jan 8, 2012

Thanks for the article.

4:24PM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

Thanks Annie.

5:16AM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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