"The heart is our garden,
and along with each action there is an intention that is planted like a seed.
We can use a sharp knife to cut someone,
and if our intention is to do harm, we will be a murderer.
We can perform an almost identical action,
but if we are a surgeon, the intention is to heal and save a life.
The action is the same, yet depending on its purpose or intention,
it can be either a terrible act or a compassionate act."
- Jack Kornfield
"Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:
* When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it,
the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart.
This is the seed sown along the path.
* The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.
But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time.
When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.
* The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns
is the man who hears the word,
but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it,
making it unfruitful.
* But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil
is the man who hears the word and understands it.
He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."
Dear God, let me produce a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
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