Spring is on our doorsteps, and partly because of this incredible spring yoga celebration I went to this past weekend, on my mind is the concept of seeds & sprouting, new growth & uncovering the power contained within us for greatness. A little seed has within it the map of greatness (Plato is smiling somewhere). If given good ground, sunlight, & water, the little seed will grow to its destined greatness, like a tall tree. But if the seed never sees sunlight, it won’t be able to grow to its full potential. The seed will lie dormant. The seed might think it perfectly content, but only because it’s never known what it’s like to be a plant. It’s time to let the seed experience what it was designed to experience.
For those of you who have made it a ways on your own personal journey towards living a healthier life, perhaps you can share and attest to the following concept, or add to it. Within every person lies this seed or potential for greatness and happiness. We have this natural inclination to be active and eat good foods and laugh and play and to live without chaos. It just feels good when you’re active and healthy. It feels right. It feels natural. It makes you feel happy. Why do we sabotage it? Sometimes we create cloud cover to block the sun. Sometimes we create drought conditions to deprive our seed of water. Sometimes we cover the seed, afraid of the future. Sometimes we don’t think the seed deserves to be an amazing plant. Sometimes we don’t want to make other seeds feel bad. Sometimes we just want to hide and stop time.
Here at the beginning of April and at the beginning of spring, think of something within you that is yearning to be awakened, to reach its potential, to feel its natural lot, and LET IT SPROUT. Perhaps you think of yourself as the one whole seed. Perhaps you think of lots of separate seeds within you, little things (Like your activity level? Your love of hearty, healthy foods? Your endurance and determination? Your ability to cheer others on? Your knack for compassion? Your reflection & meditation? Your daily placement of your wellbeing & balance towards the top of your priorities list? Your inner feistiness and zest for life? ). Whatever it is, don’t sabotage it from coming out, from sprouting. Stop blocking its sunlight. Let it reach its roots out in the fertile ground of this support community. Let it take hold. Let it grow. Give it a chance. End the sabotage. Challenge your excuses.
Would any of you who’ve been on this journey a while be willing to share your story of something that awoke inside of you as a part of this journey? For those of you just starting out on your journey, what are you doing to un-sabotage your seed? How are you going to give this fresh new shot at a healthy life a chance to incubate and grow?