The Sublime Art of Cultivating a Beautiful Mind

On the phenomenal power of our thoughts, weedy gardens, and the energy of the immaterial.

Kristyna Zapletal
8 min readOct 5, 2021


Despite the latest findings of neuroscience and psychology in the last decades, we’ve not even come close to solving the mystery of how our brain and mind exactly work. At the same time, we’re aware — some more so than others — of the sheer power of our thoughts with regard to their impact on the quality of our health and human relationships, the level of our vital energy, and the equilibrium of our spiritual identity.

A thought is something we can’t see. We can’t measure it, nor touch it. Nevertheless, we tend to label our thoughts negative or positive, not based on one “Universal Code of a Human Mind” but on how they make us feel and what we’ve been taught is right, or rather wrong, to fill our heads with.

One thing we know for sure, though: While people can steal our ideas, they can’t steal our thoughts.

Your thoughts are only yours. They may connect you to God or to some other higher force that controls creation and destruction within the universe. They connect you to nature and all the living things in it. But they can’t be taken away from you. Only you choose which thought to keep and which one to let go. Only you can shape your life with the help of your own thoughts.

When you let a thought plant its roots in your mind, you’re the one who will ultimately eat its fruit, no matter if it turns out sweet or sour.

The idea that we can control our lives through the power of our own thoughts is exciting and terrifying at the same time. The responsibility such a concept carries within itself is immense. There’s nothing and no one else to blame. Our life is an ultimate mirror reflection of what is happening inside us.

Thoughts transform into emotions. Emotions lead to acts. The energy of the immaterial manifests in the material. And since it is on us to decide what to focus on, any dissatisfaction we may experience in various situations should only motivate us to change our thoughts, rather than to alter the external circumstances.

If you dislike your life, start with beautifying your mind instead of depleting all your