Is your garden soil good enough for the seed to grasp a firm hold to develop roots and to bloom? Maybe it will be necessary to treat, haul in, or to buy bags of soil to enable the seed to get a grip. Life is like that! In our thoughts we hope that we are able to grasp an idea, concept, or teaching lesson. Emotionally, we might hope that love takes hold within ourselves or others. And we want to grasp certain behaviors or actions, such as in the process of training for something important to us. The spirit in which we receive the seed will enable us to grasp an idea, emotion, or behavior. In order to grasp an idea, emotion, or behavior we have to be flexible, pliable, soft, and generally “moist” to receive the seed in good soil.
Let’s have a sympathetic spirit and not be indifferent to new seed. Having a soft and tender spirit is important to keep us from hardening in a way that causes us to shut out the world around us. Consideration in the spirit keeps us from being critical to everything that isn’t part of our “mold.” Good soil that enables us to grasp seed and to blossom in our spirit is soft with moistness, is able to keep negativity at bay, values the worth of different viewpoints, and has a warm and sunny attitude towards new possibilities.
Being open-minded is essential. This quote helps us to grasp the concept; “Some seed fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased.” Mark 4 of the Bible