The Heart is Like a Garden …

The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?
— Buddha

How should Spring bring forth a garden on hard stone? Become earth, you may grow flowers of many colors. For you have been a heart-breaking rock.  Once, for the sake of experiment, be earth!
— Rumi from Mathnawi

If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery.
— John Paul Jones

The soil is faithful to its trust: whatever
you have sown in it, you reap the same.
But until springtime brings the touch of God,
the soil does not reveal its secrets.
— Rumi

What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.
— Meister Eckhart

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