As summer peaks, gardening offers bountiful metaphors for the mechanics of how things grow, change and transform. So how does this relate to your life?
Consider the following analogies for nurturing your inner garden:
1) The Kinked Garden Hose: Observe the trickle or lack of presence of flow in a garden hose that has been stepped on, tangled, or kinked. The water flow is disrupted or stopped. The same holds true with YOUR life energy. When there is more stress like a major change, divorce, job loss, death, car accident, shock or injury, your energy gets disrupted in a similar pattern. Sometimes, this energy remains this way for years or generations. In fact, until we “unkink” the disrupted energy, it’s likely that you won’t have enough energy for your projects and/or relationships. In Quantum Change Made Easy, Chloe Wordsworth calls this a Point of Choice. You can choose where you are dedicating your time and energy by taking your foot off your own energy flow. This can be done by considering options or alternatives to your issues. Empowering your positive intentions for health, wellness and well-being with conscious change helps to bring your body-mind system back into greater harmony. Reclaim the lost or disrupted energy, and your Life Energy channels can then create more optimal flow and ease in your life through moving on from the issues of the past. Then there is greater energy available for the life you would like to experience today.
2) Nurture: If you don’t give a plant the water or sun it needs, it does not fare well. It loses energy and eventually dies. When there is a disruption in life energy, your entire body-mind system is affected. When cells shutdown, they’re unable to communicate with other cells or systems of the body as easily. However, when cells are oriented towards safety and growth, they communicate with all the other systems of your body, and thus there is greater health/wholeness. When there is significant chaos or stress in your life, there can be a tendency to shut down or stop growing. Relationships cannot expand or thrive in these conditions. The key is balance. In the same way that some plants fry in the sun or drown with too much water, becoming aware of your fundamental needs for safety, nourishment, support, and love. These create more certainty, joy, significance, connection and harmony.
3) Space: Weeding and moving plants so that they can grow is a great lesson on choice and boundaries. When you do not have enough time or space for relaxation, reflection or solitude, you might feel crowded. When too many projects or events take over your inner garden, it can max out your energy and limit your sense of freedom. The important thing is to get in touch with the importance of taking treasured time for you. Maintaining and sustaining your energy can be as simple as making an appointment with yourself daily for meditation, a walk, asking for help, or letting go of tasks that could be delegated.
4) Beauty and Joy:Adding color and diversity to a garden with complementary plants teaches a lesson about the need for laughter, joy and connection. Making time for fun activities, new places and activities feeds your inner garden. This creates endorphins that enhance your immune system, helps you absorb light, and enhances relaxation, bonding and closeness. In fact, this feeds your entire body-mind system!
5) Appreciation and Support: One of the most inspirational messages from my garden this summer has been stepping into the fragrance, color and developing ecosystem because it is organic and species friendly. Bees, birds, raccoons, deer, bunnies, squirrels, butterflies, spiders, and humans share the flora, plants, seeds and water all play a part in sustaining life. The interaction and relationship between each one helps to nurture the next generation of life. I’ve found planted sunflower seeds in the forest from my bird feeder while taking a walk, an increased multitude of bird species, butterflies and the return and expansion of growth from previous years of unexpected visitors (fern, maple trees, and roses).
There’s a choice in seeing gardening as lawn duty or as an expression of love and sustainability for all the species that bless my garden with their presence. In this time of Fire and Earth Element on the Chinese Medicine Wheel in the Northern Hemisphere, the message is that gratitude and appreciation sustains and expands Life Energy, and creates even more. That means more life energy for you, too!
Kimberly Rex, MS is a certified Resonance Repatterning and Person-Centered Expressive Therapist who works with clients by phone, Skype, in-person and proxy. Sessions build awareness and help to nurture your life energy so you can experience the life you choose!
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