What kind of seeds are you planting?

Treepinelawn2“From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.” -Aeschylus

Hooray, it’s spring! And the sun is shining again – finally.

It feels good, right? Still very breezy here in NY, but we’re getting there, little by little.

Flowers are starting to bloom. Trees are starting to bud. Insects and squirrels are coming out of hiding. And so are people!

So my question to you is: what kind of seeds are you going to plant this spring? And I don’t mean physical seeds that you can hold in your hand, although it’s really fantastic if you have a garden of your own.

I’m talking about the many other kinds of seeds that each and every one of us plant, such as the seeds of:

  • ideas
  • encouragement
  • motivation
  • beauty
  • health
  • love
  • kindness
  • compassion
  • unity
  • hope
  • happiness

…to name a few.

Because every word you speak, every thought you think, every action you take, and every feeling you feel, is sparked by a tiny seed.

And the tiny seed will transform itself into something big, beautiful, and magical, IF you take time out to nurture it.

You may not be a farmer or even a gardener, but you have to plan, prepare, and plant like one, before you can harvest anything.

It’s the small things, the consistent actions you take, that can make the biggest difference in your life. Without the investment of time and effort, there’s a good chance you’ll end up with weeds.

And if the weeds take over, it’s hard for anything beautiful to grow.

So out of the many seeds that spring out of you, be careful which ones you nourish. And take time out to pluck those weeds regularly – and before you plant anything.

For example, when it comes to your health, and you know that your sugar consumption is out of control (like weeds), then how can you take steps to pull out the roots, one by one? What small step can you take that won’t require too much effort on your part?

Well, if you drill it down so you don’t have to give up all sugar right away, what’s the one thing you eat a lot of? Soda? Cookies? Take that one thing and eat a little less of it every week. Don’t give it up all at once, if it’s too much at once. Have one less serving a day, and work your way up to one and eventually, none. It’s a lot easier that way!2berries4

And it’s easier to crowd out something bad if you replace it with a healthier choice that tastes good. Since more fresh fruit is available now (berries are out!), why not eat a piece of that instead?

Crowd out the bad, by adding in more of the (fresh, unprocessed) good!

Or drink a cup of herbal tea with honey to satisfy your sweet craving. That will relax you, too.

So go easy on yourself. Don’t feel like you have to take massive action to get somewhere. Because again, it’s the little things you do that will add up to more lasting results than if you were to go cold turkey (although that works for some).

Just like the farmer, planting those seeds. And removing far more weeds.

Now that the sun is calling out to you, summoning you to get out there, what will you do? You may not have a problem with sugar, but how can you add more natural sweetness to you life, or someone else’s? What is calling you from within?

If you don’t know the answer, perhaps it’s time to get out in nature. Give yourself time to think and listen to your inner voice, and the answers will come.

Happy spring!

 

About Dawn

As a Certified Health Coach, I provide motivated individuals with the resources, tools, support and encouragement they need to make the gradual changes in food and lifestyle that could completely transform their lives. Contact me.
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