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Thursday, December 26, 2013

You must start with the first step: the cleansing of the mind and the cultivation of virtue.

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/ \  The first step has to be “the cleansing of the mind,” it makes perfect sense. If your goal is to cultivate moral excellence, you must first get rid of the things in your mind that will interfere with your goal; thus you must first cleanse the mind.

If you had a small patch of land and you wanted to cultivate a garden on that land, the first thing that you would need to do is to rid the land of grass and weeds. 

You do this so you can properly prepare the soil in order to plant the seeds that you want to grow. It would be ridiculous to simply go out and throw some garden seeds on the unprepared ground and expect them to thrive or to even grow. 
You have to prepare the soil first.

In the same way, you have to prepare your mind in order to plant the seeds of virtue that you want to grow. Hopefully you are working with some pretty good soil to begin with, but if not, don’t be discouraged. 

Anyone with the desire to change their life can do so, as long as you are willing to work at it.