How Does My Garden Grow and What It Has Taught Me – Part 2
Here’s Part 1, if you haven’t read it already.
The whole experience in Part 1 got me to thinking. My garden teaches me to GROW! I had some personal issues going on with myself and they came to a head just as the storm came thru my garden. Just go with me here – an analogy between the garden and myself. My own “inner garden”.
We live in an ever-expanding, unlimited Universe. The possibilities available to us are far beyond what our human minds can imagine. The only thing that ever limits us is our thinking. We waste our thoughts thinking of limitations. Our thoughts are so precious. Every thought we think is creating our future. Every thought! Sometimes in life, situations happen to us that seemingly beat us down, and stress us out.
I believe there is a reason for everything – whether or not we know what it is at the time – nothing is coincidence. I saw the “beating down” from the storm in my veggie garden as a breaking down of old thoughts, old patterns and old ideas in my inner garden. If the “storm” hadn’t come thru to do what it had to, I would still have those thoughts and patterns in my head. When you get beat down/ fall down, pick yourself back up, dust off your britches and start anew. By falling down sometimes, it helps us to see things from a new/ different perspective that we wouldn’t have seen otherwise.
Many of us would go to the place of being a victim – “Look what happened to me! Why did this happen to me?! (Insert situation). Instead, ask yourself “What can I learn from this? Are my thoughts creating this situation? We must be willing to release the patterns in our lives that are creating conditions we say we do not want. We must be willing to change. Create, rebuild and grow new thoughts/ ideas/ situations. So, I re-evaluated my thoughts with my inner garden and saw some negative ideas/ thoughts that I was not aware of in myself. My veggie garden taught me some great lessons – some things that I had to see about myself that had holes and flaws in them. I was able to witness these emotions (non-judgementally) without ego and from a place of Love. I was in the perfect place and time frame for this to happen for me to be aware and open to the change. Many situations that people are in or situations that occur in our lives can be master teachers or lessons (job related, relationships, health, etc.). Ask yourself “What can I learn from this situation and how can I grow from this?” It comes from a place of Love and compassion – especially for ourselves. We have to be willing to FORGIVE – others and ourselves.
When you start changing old habits/ thoughts/ ideas, you kick up a lot of dust and uncover built up debris. Anything from sadness, guilt, resentment, anger, pain, etc. Most of us don’t want to look at these negative things we have accumulated in our lifetime (from very early on in childhood until this very moment in your life), but it is a step that you have to take before the NEW can take hold. It’s like me going out to my garden and trying to plant in an area that is full of weeds and hasn’t been prepared. I will need to create a new space, pull weeds, maybe dig out grass (tougher work), amend the soil, let it rest a bit to see if anything else comes up that I need to pull out or clear. There’s quite a bit of work, but it needs to be done and is so worth it for the overall results. At that point, I can start adding organic compost to soil to nourish and feed (positive thoughts) so that when I put in plants, it will have all the old stuff out of the way and ready to thrive in the NEW and fertilized soil.
An affirmation is a beginning point. It opens the way. You are saying to your subconscious mind: I am taking responsibility. I am aware that there is something I can do to change.
If you continue to say the affirmation, either you will be ready to let whatever it is go, and the affirmation will become true; or it will open a new avenue to you.
The soil you plant in is your subconscious mind. The seed/ plant is the new affirmation. You allow the water and sunshine of positive thoughts, self love and approval to radiate on it. You weed the garden by pulling out the negative thoughts that pop up. Then watch it grow, produce and become your desire manifested.
I was basically trying to plant something in my life before clearing out the space. My veggie garden showed me an opportunity to grow and I am so thankful for it. I have cleared out the old, I reinforce it daily with the NEW and approach life with love, joy and where I am to be. By doing this for myself, I show that I am deserving, loved and open to my highest good. Awaken gratitude in your life day to day.
We can think positive thoughts. We can say, “Yes, I can do it!” We can think thoughts that make us feel joyous. We can learn to think only about all the good in the world. We can lift our thoughts up. We can greet the day with a smile. We can let the world know that we’re happy to be alive. We can express gratitude at every turn. We can love our bodies. We can be our own best friend.
**For more information on this subject and topic, please check out the books by Louise Hay You Can Heal Your Life, and The Power Is Within You. In these books, Louise explains how our beliefs and ideas about ourselves are often the cause of our emotional problems and physical maladies and how, by using certain tools, we can change our thinking and our lives for the better. Louise’s key message in this powerful work is: If we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed. Louise explains how limiting beliefs and ideas are often the cause of illness, and how you can change your thinking…and improve the quality of your life!**♥ For more healthy living and organic gardening tips, quick recipes, what I’m eating and inspirational quotes, LOVE me on Facebook. Lots of fun stuff!
Be inspired, Kibby