The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?
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.
What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.
— Meister Eckhart