A wind blows through the tall oak tree in front of our retreat cottage. It shakes off dried leaves, the only reminder of the winter storm in the past February. The dead leaves fall on the ground, covered by wildflowers in pastel colors. The tapestry of changing seasons reminds me of the wonder and wisdom of nature. She knows how to regain balance even after extreme conditions such as the rare winter storm in Texas.
We are part of nature, but the art of balancing and transitioning does not come naturally to us. The natural world gracefully shifts from a destructive state to a balanced one while we get stuck in stagnation. Instead of ushering a new birth from the ashes of the dead self, we hold onto what has ended and neglect to water the new seed of life. We forget to switch from excessively focusing on what is not working to taking a bird's-eye view to see what is working. There are always ways to balance our life and create more peace and joy, no matter how terrible the current situation looks. The only thing we need to do is give ourselves self-discovery tools and time to use them.
We are all gifted gardeners who know at the core of our being how to live life to the fullest. Let's pick up our gardening tools and prepare the soil for spring growth!
“Don’t wait for someone to bring you flowers. Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul.” – Luther Burbank