It’s almost Easter. This is the time of year when we begin to think about rebirth and transformation. The earth is waking up from its long winter nap and we are emerging from our own hibernation. This year spring has been difficult for most of us. We aren’t able to go out and enjoy the nice weather as much as we’d like. We’re in a state of uncertainty and confusion and we’re not sure when normal life is going to resume. That doesn’t mean we can’t all take a deep breath, step out into the light of our own backyard and grow a garden within ourselves.From Transformation Comes Growth
We think of transformation as something that can make us better. Buds transform into flowers and leaves. Caterpillars transform into butterflies. Seeds transform into plants that produce fruits and vegetables…and it all happens in spring. But transformation can also be scary. Rebirthing ourselves into something different takes us into the unknown where many of us aren’t comfortable. In the same way a caterpillar breaks out of a cocoon and emerges as a butterfly, we have to break old habits and behaviors that we are familiar with and try something new.
Spring is a symbolic time, so what better time to begin to change ourselves into the self we always dreamed we could be? That’s what Easter is about too, isn’t it? Coming back to life. Celebration. Joy. Just as we plant the seeds in our gardens, we can plant seeds within ourselves that we can nurture throughout the rest of this year.Where Do I Start?
You don’t have to completely overhaul your entire life. However, starting with a few small changes can reap huge benefits down the road. As we stay home with our families and watch the green sprout around our homes, it’s natural for us to take a moment and evaluate the lessons we learned through winter and where we want to go as spring blossoms.
Some questions you may want to ask yourself:
- What habits are no longer serving you?
- What thoughts are holding you back?
- What parts of your life are feeling stale and in need of change?
- What habits and areas of your life are working the way you want them to?
- Are you ready to try something different to get a different result?
Once you’ve answered these questions honestly and thoroughly, you’ll have a better understanding of what it is you want to change and clean up in your life and where you need to go from here. Pick one small thing that needs transformation and run with it. You can use this time away from the bustle of your normal life to see just how far you can go.
Once you’ve decided the what…now decide the how. I don’t know what your “thing” is, but here are a few simple steps that can help with any aspect of transformation you’re taking on.
- Step 1 – Make a written plan. Avid gardeners don’t just toss some seeds on the ground and see what happens. They cultivate a plan, and they write that plan down. They note what worked and what didn’t. They decide what they’d like their future garden to look like. In the same way, you can make a written plan of how you want to change, what works and what doesn’t, and most importantly, what your bright future looks like.
- Step 2 – Start Fresh. Beautiful gardens don’t have weeds. Removing toxins and unhealthy growth keeps the flowers you’ve planted healthy and thriving. Our lives are similar. It can be difficult to change and grow if you keep the clutter, toxic habits and people, and unhealthy habits surrounding you. Be sure to weed the garden of your life for best results.
- Step 3 – Plant Good Seeds. Take stock of the habits, attitudes and beliefs you’re bringing into your new garden and make sure they’re good seeds that you can nurture. Spring is a time to clean out your mind and emotions. Rip out the weeds of negativity and replace them with positive thoughts and actions.
- Step 4 – Use Good Fertilizer. In the same way plants need good soil, water, sunshine, and food, you also need a good base, sunshine, plenty of fresh water and healthy, natural foods.
- Step 5 – Enjoy Your Harvest. After all your hard work, enjoy what you’ve planted. Reflect on what has worked and what needs to improve. Did you bloom to your fullest potential? Be proud of the progress you’ve made!
Beginning transformation forces us to slow down a bit. Right now, we have a unique opportunity to press the reset button and wake up to a new world. Never believe change is impossible. If you’re not where you want to be in life, now is the perfect opportunity to take stock of that. Stop being afraid of the transformation that is waiting for you. Easter is a celebration of rebirth and joy–a symbol of new life. Take this time of social isolation to focus on what you can plant in your garden to create the change you want to see in your life.
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