We all know the difference between a weed and a plant, right? One we want in our garden, and one we do not.
Have you ever thought about why one plant is a weed and the other is valued?
For our creativity exercise this week, we’re going to do a little research into weeds.
Consider a weed that you always root out of your garden. Look at it and see the beauty of it. Does it have pretty flowers? Maybe the leaves are graceful.
Do a little research on the plant. Does it have nutritional or medicinal uses? For example, dandelions are generally considered weeds, but their leaves taste great in salads and have other benefits such as supporting healthy digestion. [link: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/dandelion-benefits]
A weed could also be a haven for wildlife in your yard, providing homes and food for insects and other fauna.
Ask yourself why you pull this plant. What are the benefits and the detriments to your yard and garden?
In this process, I’m not asking you to stop pulling this weed, just to inquire into its nature.
After you go through this process, consider how your thoughts have changed around this particular weed. Do you have a more gentle attitude toward it? Maybe you found another efficient way to rid yourself of it.
Now, repeat the same process of inquiry with a personality trait that you consider a weed in your own creative garden.
Even the thing we most hate about ourselves serves us in some way. Making this inquiry with kindness and grace toward that “personality weed” allows us to choose how we manifest it in or excise it from our lives.