This morning Joel was talking about how a group of scientists had discovered ancient seeds sealed in an airtight chamber – and when they planted those thousand year old seeds – they grew!
I think it’s the same with people. You will likely never know how the seeds you plant in other people will effect their future growth. Your job is only to plant the seeds and wait.
My Zen teacher would always tell me how the job of a teacher is to wait. We say when the student is ready the teacher will appear. When what we really mean is when the student is ready they will finally see the teacher who was there all along…waiting.
There is a part of your brain called the RAS (reticular activating system). The main job of the RAS is to help regulate wakefulness – but this is also the part of our brains that selects what we pay attention to. For example, have you ever bought a new car and suddenly you see that same make and model everywhere? There aren’t suddenly more cars like yours on the road – instead the RAS has determined this make and model to be important and worthy of attention.
Choosing what we pay attention to and what we ignore plays a significant role in the quality of our lives. Practices like yoga and meditation allow us to tune in more deeply to what matters so we can train our minds (plant seeds) not only to focus but to grow.
What seeds will you plant today?