You will find the soil within you, in the peaceful center of your body. Go there first and feel the peace, endless peace, like deep and dark soil that can nurture dreams.
Next, let the river of love flow through your heart, an endless stream flowing through, combining with the soil of peace to create a fertile environment for your life.
Now look up and see the sun of faith shining high above you. Invite these life-giving rays into your garden, warming the fertile soil and making it ready for the vibrant surge of creative energy.
And now, let your imagination plant the seeds. Watch as flowers of all colors and varieties spring up, bursting through the soil, reaching up toward the sun, then unfolding in beauty and releasing their perfume across the garden. Each flower that springs from your fertile imagination is a possibility, an opportunity, and a thing of beauty just for its own sake, because such beauty must be shown and shared.
Let your imagination go further. Watch how a single seed sprouts, then becomes a tender sapling and then a tree. Watch how it grows and begins to bear fruit, golden pears that hang from the boughs, ripe and luscious. And now come the bluebirds of happiness, flying over the garden walls to sit on the boughs of your trees, orchards now of peaches, pears and cherries, all ripe and ready.
And now you feel that joy is already here. Joy has been here since the beginning, the driving force behind it all, the cause and the result, the presence and the essence. Joy and love, peace and faith, all residing together, all causing each other in an endless loop of creation and wonder.
And all of this is within you. All of this is created by you and nurtured by your heart and mind. This garden, this feeling, this wonder, is yours to create every moment, no matter what is happening outside, no matter what your circumstances are.
Whatever it is you have been seeking for happiness, you do not need. Whatever it is you have been desperately chasing for joy, you do not need. Whatever it is you believe you must have in order to be happy and joyful is unnecessary. You have created happiness and joy yourself, here within you, right now.
Nurture them with the soil of peace, the stream of love and the sunlight of faith and they will dwell within you for as long as the breath of life runs through.
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