Tending Your Garden

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Woman on knees weeding between flowers

Your thoughts are certain kinds of seeds in your life. You can water them and allow them to grow on fertile soil. Or, you can let them diminish and wither amongst the weeds. Be careful that your seeds are not contaminated as they begin to take root.—Amaka Imani Nkosazana

September always has an energy of change, doesn’t it?   It is the transition from the heat and playfulness of Summer, into the cooler productivity of Fall.  We are building up to experience the HARVEST of all that we have been creating this year.

  • Have you looked at what you have been growing in the garden of your life? 
  • What have you been tending to? 
  • What did you plant that you haven’t been nurturing?  

Here is the GOOD NEWS!   It is not too late to bring your attention to what you want to create, what you want to grow and flourish for your life!  It is a great time to explore what is growing, what is thriving, what needs attention and what might be getting choked out or blocked from the sun.  A little work, might go a long way for you getting the HARVEST you desire!

Check out the personal investigation activity I have created to help you explore your garden.

Enjoy!


Tending Your Garden Personal Investigation Activity

What you will need for this activity:   

  • White paper (no lines preferably)
  • Crayons, markers, color pens, paints or color pencils 
  • Time to play (minimum 30 min)

Premise:  Let’s consider for this activity that your life like a garden.  Your garden today is the result of the ideas you have planted, nurtured, neglected, harvested and pulled.  

Activity: I want to invite you to play in your garden.

Directions: 

1. Listen to this short meditation to help you see and experience your garden.

DOWNLOAD FILE HERE

2. Take the time to draw what you saw in your meditation.   Put in as much detail and color and information that will make this drawing entirely YOURS.   (This does not need to be shared).

Consider the following for your drawing:

  • What are you growing?
  • What have you tended to?  What have you been neglecting?
  • What is emerging?  What is dying off?
  • How is your garden organized?
  • Is there a boarder?  If yes, what is it made of?  
  • Are there walkways through your garden?
  • Are there other elements (statues, tools, shed, etc)?

3. Take time to complete the reflection questions below:

PERSONAL REFLECTION QUESTIONS

Use your journal to explore dig a little deeper…

  • What do you love most about your garden?
  • What was growing there that surprised you?
  • What is emerging in your garden?
  • What is dying off?
  • What do you want to take away from this activity?

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