Tend to Your Garden

My family and I just started a garden. My husband built the boxes and did all the irrigation, the whole family went to a local farm to get the best organic compost in this area, and the girls and I planted the seeds. This is a great family project. I love that we will all work together and we will all reap the benefits by eating healthily off the land! I can’t wait until it starts producing.

With this garden, I find myself outside a lot more. I get excited to see the little seedlings poke through the soil…a little glimmer of my future salads and stir fries! During my time in this new garden, I imagine the vegetables being big and healthy. I give them love as I mentally nurture them. I thank the sun as it shines upon the new life growing in my yard.

This garden has become a bit of a metaphor for my life. It seems that our lives are truly like a garden. The more time I spend out in this peaceful place, the more parallels I notice. Do you tend to your garden?

In order to grow, we must do/have the following:

Nurture
We must nurture ourselves and the people in our lives.
Although I do not physically hug the plants, I do send messages of love to them.
The vibration is a different one than if I sent thoughts of doubt and despair.

Nourish
We all need nourishment.
This includes the right amount of water, proper food, and healthy thoughts.

Vitamin D
We all benefit from a little amount of natural sunlight every day.
If we get too much sun we can get burned.
If we do not get enough, we can become ill.

Weed
Just as we need to weed our garden,
we must weed out the negative people and thoughts from our lives…
or they will choke us out and overtake us.

Pruning
Sometimes we need to remove dead, injured, or diseased branches so they will not infect the whole plant.
Likewise, we need to remove old beliefs and thought patterns that don’t serve us well,
such as “I am not good enough”, “I need to be perfect”, and “I don’t deserve to be happy”.

Staking
Some plants need a stake to support its growth.
We need a great support system of friends and family who lift us up and keep us moving in the right direction.

Cultivate
We are more successful if we can adapt and foster growth through challenges and change,
just as our plants need to adapt to changes in the weather and seasons.

Faith
It seems easier to have faith that our vegetables will grow than it is to believe that things will work out in our lives as they should.
We need to have faith in the process of life, in ourselves, and in others.

Take Action: This week and moving forward, let’s reflect on this list of similarities that our lives share with gardening. Let’s tend to our own gardens with as much love and care as we tend to our vegetable gardens!

Because Together is Better,

Comments

  1. I love the fact that you made tending to your garden a family event.

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  2. hey there, I love this and yes nurturing our wholeselves is a great thing to do. The Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Intellectual and Sexual!

  3. Love this analogy Deanna! I felt so good reading this post when it’s already winter here πŸ™‚ I am imagining the plants waiting quietly for the spring to come so they can get out to bathe in the sun…

  4. Great analogy, reading your post I realized how right you were. Being out and tending a garden is very therapeutic.

  5. Love this idea, what a way to view reaping and sowing in alignment. yes we can choose flowers or weeds , have pinned that inspiration β™‘β™‘β™‘

  6. Its winter here now and the frozen snow covered ground feels different. Your garden post made me feel really warm and nice. Your mind is exactly like a garden you’re so right. This year I planted lots of flowers (it was my first gardening attempt. I didn’t want to take on too much so I decided to hold on to the idea of veggies and flowers until next season. I am ready! As soon as we are back to spring of course πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the warm feeling and reminding me that I can ‘garden’ all year.

    • THank you Kate…this comment made me feel warm! I love that you are planting flowers, they will brighten up any day! I appreciate you being here! -Deanna

  7. I have always found the garden to be a place full of wonderful metaphors. Your list is great – I’ve written often about pruning but have never thought of staking. One thing I would add is appreciating deep roots!

  8. I love that saying. Yes. It is up to us how our life will turn out. We just have to take the care to do the healthy things both emotionally, spiritually and health wise.

  9. I have never been able to keep up a garden. I thought it was because I just didn’t have the spark for it, but I think it is because nobody really taught me how. Thanks for the tips!

  10. Dov Shapira says:

    How lovely πŸ™‚
    When we lived back east we had a large garden and we grew all kind of veggies.
    We had a compote pile, I used to go to the police station and get the horse manure and put that in the pile.

  11. I LOVE that quote! I also love to garden, and it does take a ton of nurturing! Good luck with yours!

  12. Great tips to take for any person who posses a green thumb out there… an of course for aspiring gardeners too.

  13. What a lovely post. I can’t grow a garden, but can my mind!

    • Marjory, you just made me smile and laugh, thank you! We will see if I can grow a garden as well. I am pretty good with my mind, I am glad you are too! -Deanna

  14. that’s a great post Deanna! love the metaphor of a garden to describe the things we all need in our life in order to be “fruitful” you could say!

  15. What a fab post Deanna! It’s nice to have this family project on the outside in your garden and also on the inside in the emotions and feelings of love you share πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Jennifer. I also love that we have an outside and an “inside” project. We always have an “inside” project, don’t we?!? I love that you are here! -Deanna

  16. I agree – this is a great analogy! and I agree that we need to nurture, tend, weed and have patience in our lives too!

    • Jo, that is great that you added patience to the list. You are right, plants don’t just pop up in a day or two,. we need to have patience. I love your wise words, thank you! -Deanna

  17. We are like trees planted in the field and its so true how you nuture and prune ourselves determines the fruit we will produce. I enjoyed reading your post today especially the quote about the mind in the past 4 weeks I have been studying about the Mind – Its one of the best gifts God gave man… as we think so are we; therefore we certainly need to guard our mind with all diligence to ensure we fence off negative thoughts… Have a great week!

    • Abiodun, I love “as we think so we are”…that is so true and so powerful! I agree that we need to guard our minds. I appreciate you being here! -Deanna

  18. I LOVE this analogy!!! Can’t wait to see the garden:)

  19. I love when people realize that gardens are a metaphor for life. Thank you for the excellent article including all the elements that are necessary for a successful garden…life!

  20. I just love all you analogies! You have such a gift for writing! I love being inspired by what you write πŸ™‚

  21. That is a great quote, your mind really is like a garden, it needs to be “watered” often

  22. I agree with every aspect of how to tend a garden. I like the portrayal of faith and how it grows. Living in Utah all my life I thoroughly understand the concept.

  23. This is so good! Thank you – wow. I’m sharing all over the place.

  24. It is indeed true that our lives are like a garden. We reap what we sow. And such a great family project. I can’t wait to see some of your harvest in the future. Best wishes πŸ™‚

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