Today, we are going to look at Step Three: In Letting Go...We Give Back To Ourselves. Step Three is not really a "step" in the literal context of the word, but it is a critical concept of our renewal process in the New Year. Let me explain by sharing this short narrative.
After enjoying a Spring, Summer and Fall of delicious delights, the cool temperatures of Winter brought change with it. My dad meticulously removed all the dead plants from his designated garden boxes, gently raked, sifted and smoothed out the dirt in each box, and then completed a thorough investigation of his drip system - making sure all was strong and secure for Winter's call.
During this time, my dad ordered his seeds - carefully selecting just the right ones - as well as other organic products and gardening materials. He also nurtured a mulch pile throughout the year, keeping a close eye on its fermentation. As the planting season approached again, my dad tended to his boxes- making sure their structures were solid - checked and rechecked the drip system, and he returned to and re-examined the soil - testing its readiness and preparing it for the season ahead.
When we take the time to let go of our stuff, we clean out the roots of unhealthy thoughts, behaviors, and feelings - preparing our mindset for healthy regrowth. When we release toxic relationships, places, and things, we simultaneously rake, sift, and sort through our hurting spirits - readying them for renewal.
- Let's give back to ourselves. Let's take as much time as needed in doing so.
- Let's keep a pulse on our readiness and implement strong boundaries along the way.
- Most importantly, let's choose differently and be more discerning about what we want to put back into our lives and what we want to leave out.
- Let's prepare ourselves well for the planting season ahead.
|Mountain Air - Ch.8 - After the Mountain Fire|
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