What has been blooming in your garden and what do you want to harvest?

I love my garden especially in the early morning. It’s my sanctuary.

Spending time there grounds me and keeps me grateful for my life, with all of it’s ebbs and flows. In my over-sized robe, holding a steaming cup of English breakfast tea, I walk barefoot across the wet grass to my favorite rose bush. I’m looking for new blooms to harvest and place in the empty vase in my kitchen. I also love to pick up petals from the roses that fell the day before for my lavender bath at bedtime.

I love birds and butterflies. It’s taken some time to bring them to the garden but now a handful of birds spend time eating worms from the grass, then after, they find a quiet perch and sing bird songs.

The honeysuckle plants lure the hummingbirds as they zip from flower to flower, drinking nectar at each stop. I love it when I catch a glimpse of iridescent green shimmering from their busy wings as the sun makes its morning debut.

Nature is a great teacher for me. It teaches me patience…with myself and others (not always my strongest trait). Many things take time to grow and can’t be rushed. No getting around it.

Nature also teaches me appreciation…with myself and others. Observing and noticing are often first steps to take something on and have an important shift in my life.

Nature teaches me how to tend to it and what it needs to thrive. These lessons make me a better gardener of what I want to grow both in my garden and in my own life. Of course, I also have to contend with weeds. And that’s OK because weeds are integral to cultivating a healthy garden.

This time of the year is for harvesting. It’s a time where seasons transition, bringing renewal.

If your life was a garden, what seeds would you plant? What would you want to grow and harvest?

Whatever you plant your garden needs tending, just like our lives. Like us, gardens need water, nourishment, pruning, sunshine, and time to grow. As time passes, we will see clearly which of the seeds we have planted will grow. Not everything that grows is predictable. Things we don’t expect show up, compelling us to improve our gardening skills.

Getting personal, just when I think I’m good at harvesting profound love, compassion, and communication with people who are important to me, weeds that surface show me what I’ve cultivated instead. My “weeds” are withholding, taking people for granted, and getting distracted by my cell phone. Those weeds keep me disconnected and not present which is NOT what I intended to harvest.

Think about what would disrupt your harvest. Then think about what you want to do, have, and experience in your garden.

If you are determined to prioritize self-love, meaning a high regard for your own well being and happiness, what “weeds” are sneaking into your garden? Perfectionism? Lack of boundaries?

I want to harvest love with a person I can be totally authentic and truthful with; a love of mind, body, spirit, and soul. I found a sneaky “weed” recently when I discovered a post office box in my late husband’s name that I had neglected to close. This was tying me to the past and a new love would not find me while I stayed linked there.

When you come across one of these weeds, immediately pull it out. Prune away tasks and projects that keep you away from what you want to harvest.

The best you can do for your garden is to provide optimum conditions, create a vision, plant the best seeds, and care for them consistently. The rest is up to nature. It takes some patience. Look for ways to keep moving forward.

Tell me about what you want to harvest and what has been blooming in your garden.

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