When we feel the mind becomes dull and murky, it might be the time to plough. While ploughing the field, there are many things to do: loosen the soil, pick up the stones, and get rid of the grasses…in order to be ready for seeding or planting. It is the same for the mind.
If the field is too solid, the soil is out of air, the seed can’t breathe well. So before we plant anything, making the soil loose is quite important. If the mind is blocked when you are going to do something, it will be harder to carry it out.
If there are too many stones in the field, it will not only restrain the breath of plants, but also may hurt the root. The “stones” in the mind will not only become the burden for thought, but also the barrier for creativity.
If the seeds are planted with grass, the seeds are not easy to sprout, because the water and nutrition are absorbed by the grass. If the “grass” grows in the mind, there will be no good concentration and insight.
When the mind is full of breath, soft and pure, there will be more space to develop into deeper and broader.
There’s a secret for an easier mind plough: don’t wait until it becomes dull and murky : )