A few weeks ago I had the experience of weeding my physical garden. Profound. In 41 years of living, it was the first time I engaged in this activity. Previously, there was simply no desire. I didn't feel connected to gardening, and quite frankly, I felt there were more important things to do. Well. Always a student, I learned 3 valuable lessons during the process.
As I weeded my literal garden, here's what I learned about my inner garden, aka, my life:
1. Clearing Out Makes Space
Clearing out the weeds makes space. So what? Well, when we weed the garden, we have the opportunity to clear out and make space for what we want to seed and bloom. We get the opportunity to ask the question, what shall I plant? Do I want to plant seeds of beauty or not? Same with life. As we clear out old, toxic, inherited thought forms, patterns, habits, behaviors, and in turn ways of being, we make room to seed what we want!
2. Some Roots Are Stubborn And Tools Are Needed
I was weeding using my bare hands to feel all of it. Some weeds came out effortlessly. Others we so deeply rooted and stubborn I cut up my hands. After enduring enough physical pain I realized -- there are tools for these stubborn ones and I will use them! No more suffering. Ah, the same is true in life. The places where we have deeply rooted ways of being, that are stubborn to clear out, often require tools. It's no coincidence that the 5 days leading up to my weeding event I was deeply immersed in my own shamanic energy healing using tools to clear deep seated roots -- both ancestral and karmic -- as well as cutting energetic cords to people, entities and situations that no longer served me. While the process was challenging at times, nothing feels sweeter than finally ripping the toxic root out once and for all!!
3. Choosing Beauty IS Peace
After the weeding of my garden was complete, I felt a wave of peace wash over me. Seeing the cleared space (pictured below) was a BIG relief...like a 2 ton weight was lifted off of my shoulders. My decision to weed my garden the day I did was rooted in my desire to create more beauty around me. By beauty I mean engaging with thoughts, words and actions that uplift and inspire...leaving someone or something more special, more nourished...more beautiful. By choosing to plant seeds of beauty all around me, inside and outside, I feel deep peace.