Here are a few practices to honor your growing seeds:
Take a moment to reflect on your new year intentions and notice what has sprouted and what seeds may still be dormant. Celebrate any amount of growth, as this is your hard work of manifesting your intentions into fruition. Do not get discouraged of the seeds that are unearthed, as these may need more time to reveal themselves above the soil. Perhaps these seeds need more nourishment from you or perhaps it is simply not the time for this particular seed to sprout. It is important to find gratitude for the fully bloomed flower, but also the evolution of the growth process from root to bloom.
Your personal yoga practice is full of growth and evolution. Do you remember the first time you practiced downward facing dog and how it felt? It may have felt tense, awkward, unsure, lacking energy, etc. Each time you step onto the mat you are refining the many poses in the yoga garden. When you have a steady practice, your poses bloom in many different ways from newfound length, body and breath awareness, strength, easeful mind, etc. The beauty of the yoga pose garden is that it continues to grow new flowers, remove weeds of tension and negative thinking, all while adapting to present inner environmental conditions such as age, injury, nutrition, and rest. Next time you step on your yoga mat, tune into your personal growth from when you first planted the yoga seed to now.
To see Mother Nature in action, go outside and notice the different plants you see with their various growth patterns. There will be seeds that are just beginning to sprout, flowers that are budding, flowers that are in full bloom, and others that are on the other side of blooming. This is symbolic of our own intention seeds, as well as the life cycle of our physical body. For example, a new project you started, a goal you have achieved, a job you are letting go of, cells that have died, cells just produced. Our external environment and internal environment are one in the same. Go outside and honor all that was, all that will be, and all that is!
“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.”- Theodore Roethke
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