Spring is finally here! This is one of my favourite seasons as everything is waking up from the cold winter and the colors are starting to pop. Spring is also the time to start planting gardens, to get the seeds ready to go into the well-worked ground. While gardening, I realized that our healing journeys are like gardens.
I am not sure if you are like me, but I am impatient when it comes to gardening. I want to see results of growth and beauty right now, every day. I go out expecting something to have happened. When I look closely, I move leaves to be sure I haven’t missed anything, but when nothing changes, I become discouraged. Because of my impatience, I even get so tempted to lift the soil to see if the seed is there and growing, despite knowing I could damage the process.
When seeds are planted, they go through a variety of stages. First, they need to get used to their new environment, then they need to grow roots before they can start sprouting. The length of every stage varies depending on the type of seed as well as the environment because it depends on the needs of the seed.
Healing journeys are like gardens, everyone takes time to grow and develop changes in their lives. We have to remember that as we embark on any new journey in our lives, there are stages we will go through, some may take longer than others, some may require more work and care than others, but each stage is helping us grow as a person.
However, the most important thing for growth is having the right environment, just like gardening the seeds need to feel comfortable and have the right environment before any stages start.
Personal growth can be hard work, it takes time, and it takes loving nourishment just like planting a garden. You can create the right environment if you have an encouraging network of loving people around you, let them be part of your journey, and make space for self-reflection with a journal.
Here is some journal prompts to get you started:
- What part of internal gardening worries or stops you from planting a new seed?
- What changes can you make to your environment that would foster personal growth?
- What stage are you at with each of the seeds you have already planted?
- what are you hoping to plant this spring that will change how you approach the summer?
- What needs to happen for you to accept that healing and growth take time?