|“If you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden.” – Robert Breault
Spring is in the air and it is time for planning your garden and planting seeds.Think of your self as a garden, and nurture your own well-being. Dig in the dirt and see what you discover. After a long winter, during which many of us were still in hibernation, there was time for lots of reflection. Now we are coming out to a whole new world.
It’s a world still fraught with conflict and COVID-a new war and lots of suffering. Still so much havoc within our political arena. It’s also a world that invites us to begin again; to plant something new; to remove the weeds and create space for color. I don’t know about you, but I want to savor this time and these moments.
Sue Stuart-Smith, a psychiatrist from England, where they have beautiful English country gardens wrote the book, The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature, and in it she says “Gardening can be understood as a form of space-time medicine.”
I love working in the garden. I put on my overalls and garden clogs, a good hat and sun screen and just enjoy the work. I love that because gardening is so healing. It’s work, but I find those days digging in the dirt are some of my most contemplative moments. An incite comes in and I sit back in the grass, look around, take it in and feel something inside myself has grown.
Dr. Sue Stuart-Smith says that in the garden we can grow hope. It’s a metaphor isn’t it? You plant seeds and hope they grow in the right place; spaced enough to spread their roots, but not too far that they look lonely.
Our plants become our daily friends. They offer excitement and surprise. They teach us about living and dying. Not everything comes out perfect. Gardening grounds us. There is something about digging in the dirt and cultivating the soil. And trying new things.
Last fall one of my pumpkins rotted all the way down to just seedy mush. I took it and just put it in my garden. Now there is a mini pumpkin patch that I may need to remove if it takes over, but it will be fun to see what happens. I’ll let you know.
Gardening takes planning, organization, integration, and soil that needs to have a healthy balance of food, sunlight and water. So do we. Every garden is individual and authentic and so are you.
Whether you are a gardener or not, think of the seeds growing within you. What are you working on? What is your inner voice telling you to do next?
Coaching is like gardening. As a coach, we plant seeds, nurture, guide, and come up with a strategy for moving forward and growing in some area of your life, personally or professionally or both. And I have to add spiritually because within us all is a true spiritual guide. Let’s get in touch with that!
The Middle Way is living with spirit grounded, balanced and healthy.
Have you planted seeds and wondering how to proceed with your next steps? What’s holding you back? What would it take to help you move forward?
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Rachel Naomi Remen, MD. from Kitchen Table Wisdom