Ripe tomatoes hang waiting in the fall frost in the bed right next to tall swiss chard and a zucchini that has gotten out of control. The harvest in my garden this season is scarce compared to last year. I could blame too much rain, the snails that demolished the early green bean crop or the early fall parching heat. But those are just factors that I can’t control. I could have adapted had I given the garden the attention it required. I was an absent gardener this summer. I planted and visited but did not provide the attention needed for an abundant harvest. It is a blessing of the sun, the rain and the hardiness of some of the plants that I have a harvest at all. We will be eating zucchini everything for awhile and fresh tomato sauce will grace our table for some months. But I will miss those fresh green beans.
Attention, care and time for self (body, mind and spirit) when lacking can also reap a crop of stress and diminished energy. If left too long physical symptoms arise as warnings like dry, limp plants seeking water. It happens. Life happens with all of it’s highs and lows pressing in on our awareness to create the things to do lists. The lists get longer and the days get shorter and our harvest basket of life is not full. What to do?
Time is relative, check this out by attempting to meditate for 10 minutes. Set a timer and sit to breathe. Breathe in and out slowly and focus on the breath. 10 minutes becomes a long time. And in that 10 minutes of quiet and focus on the breath you have calmed your nervous system which in turn benefits your whole being. Add a physical activity prior to your meditation time, a 20 minute walk or yoga! Incorporate your spiritual practice as well, a reading or prayer. No equipment required just 30 minutes.
Once a week do something that provides for your whole self wellness. What helps you relax, what inspires you, what brings you joy? Give it an hour or two. Then practice a short time of meditation daily. The garden of your soul will grow to support your body and mind as you move through life with attention and intention.
May your week be full and ripe with opportunity for growth and peace.