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05/08/2012

Planting the Garden Within

How are you doing?  Are you making progress in the direction you hoped for?  Or are you starting to get a bit discouraged?  Dealing with food and weight can be very “cunning, baffling and powerful” (to borrow from Alcoholics Anonymous). This is a l-o-n-g process and many give up way too early! All it takes to feel like you are struggling again is a couple of “slippery” days. Or some life-chaos and the all-or-nothing thinking leads you to believe you have failed – again. You start thinking if I am not a glowing success, then I am a lowly failure. We understand.
 
However, there is hope.
 
It just calls for a revitalization of that enthusiasm and commitment. May and June are an opportune time to dig into your program, your personal process of healing. There is something refreshing and re-energizing about feeling summer approaching. It is a time of hope, a time of promise, and a time of renewal. This time of year may be your cue to make a change or renew your dedication to that part of you that has been hibernating.
 
When everything in mother earth’s nature is budding with the promise of new life, it’s a favorable time to move closer to your true nature. It’s time to refresh the spirit within and reenergize the soul with a renewed sense of hope. 
 
The first step in planting a garden is preparing the soil - the “groundwork.” Just as we cultivate the earth, we develop our intention in this renewed direction. Before you can plant the seeds that will grow into thriving plants, you must plan and prepare, ensuring that the soil is ready -- rid of debris, and rich in nutrients. 
 
Can you identify any areas you may need to clear away? What groundwork is needed before moving toward your true nature? See if any of these resonate with you:
  • Clutter  
  • Negative thinking
  • Commitments  
  • Relationship troubles
  • Memories
  • Possessions that have outlived their purpose
What are you doing to prepare your garden within?  Are you ready to take the steps towards a richer life? Journal, if that is helpful. Create a vision board. Discuss your thoughts with understanding friends or family members and create your Garden Within.
 
And in case you want to talk to a professional, set up a counseling session.  If you want to meet with one of us at White Picket Fence Counseling Center, please email or call our office. We are offering a special program for May and June to help you achieve some movement and growth. We will help you with the design and implementation of your Personal Action Plan. Action Planning Sessions can help you set up and grow your plan. These sessions are structured as a series of 30- or 90-minute sessions for greatest effectiveness. We invite you to take that step to cultivate renewal in your life. Come on in…