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  • Elisa Brazell

THE THINGS WE LEARN FROM SEEDS

Updated: Apr 20, 2020

Gardening… ahhhhhh. Everything about it feeds my soul!

("Gardening" Series PART 1)




Well almost everything… not the part where I decide to go a couple weeks without weeding and they take over to the point that the garden then becomes an anxiety chamber. Hoping to not let that happen this year. But let’s go back to the feeding my soul part. I recently planted seeds to keep indoors until I can plant them in my newly designed garden in late May and they are starting to poke their little leafy heads up out of the soil. Cabbage and lettuce and tomatoes were the first to germinate. I’ve been checking them at least a couple of times a day to see what new surprises I have in my seed tray. It is such a rewarding and exciting activity! I might be reverting back to my 2nd grade self, but it’s a nice break from the stresses of life for a short time.


I’d have to say my favorite part of tending to my seed tray activity is when I get to water them once a day- just a few sprays from the spray bottle and I am in heaven, smelling that wet dirt smell- kind of like the wonderful smell right as it begins to rain and dampen the dirt and sidewalks, this most amazing smell takes me into a damp forest with soft, padded soil. I visualize myself hiking along just after a rainstorm in one of the beautiful Costa Rican cloud forests or the redwoods in Oregon. I can’t even explain in words how much I love that wet soil smell! It totally sends me to my happy place! Can anyone else relate?


Seeds and plant growth are often used as metaphors to explain different aspects of living. I love the imagery they provide and the lessons they can teach us.

PLANTING SEEDS


Beyond the smell of soil, I think one of the reasons I love watching my seed tray is because it’s such a perfect example of cause and effect- Just as I plant the seed and I am presented with the reward of seeing the seed sprout a few days or weeks later, there are many kinds of “seeds” that get planted in our brains. Depending on how those seeds are “cared for” or attended to, they have the potential to grow into hearty plants, struggling seedlings, or they don’t grow at all.

This goes back to the input and output idea of the conveyor belt of life. The inputs coming into our life could also be looked at as the seeds, and the outputs, the care of the seed, determining the plant that results. We can all find something in our life to relate to this Law of the Harvest. As you read on, I want you to try to relate to this metaphor with something in your own life.



Right now in my life, I’d say one of the seeds I’ve planted is the seed of belief- about 2 years ago. I've worked hard those couple of years to change my belief about money, and am still in training. I’ve lived much of my life as if I was living in the Great Depression. (So if the Coronavirus takes us into one, I'm ready 😉😢) Probably got some of those genes passed down from my ancestors. I saved everything in case it would come in handy for some project. I didn’t allow my kids to waste anything on their plates. And I still deal shop like the best of ‘em, and relish in money saved. Some of these habits with money have been a hindrance in my life- it's good to be frugal and thrifty, but not to the point where spending money can cause anxiety. Even choosing between name brand and store brands at the grocery store has been known to be excruciating to me and others with me.


So I decided to make changes to my relationship with money.


I sowed the seed of belief- specifically my belief in abundance.


This quote by Michael Beckwith sums it up:


“There is a lie that acts like a virus within the mind of humanity. And that lie is, ‘There’s not enough good to go around. There’s lack and there’s limitation and there’s just not enough.The truth is that there’s more than enough good to go around. There are more than enough creative ideas. There is more than enough power. There is more than enough love. There’s more than enough joy. All of this begins to come through a mind that is aware of its own infinite nature.  There is enough for everyone. If you believe it, if you can see it, if you act from it, it will show up for you. That's the truth.

SPROUTING SEEDS


Like plant seeds need good soil and the right amount of water and sunlight, our metaphorical seeds need to be cared for too. Once my abundance belief seed was planted, I started nourishing and caring for it in similar fashion to my little plant seedlings, but in the form of


1. Affirmations

2. Practicing abundance thoughts when I'm making decisions with money, and

3. Trying to never being envious of what others are able to afford.


Because my incorrect beliefs about money were deep rooted, the growth of my little seedling has seemed very slow.

But here's where the seed metaphor gives me peace. Some seedlings’ growth depends on the type of plant that they are, and what their potential for growth is. It was interesting to watch each seed type pop up at their appointed time. And even germination of seeds of the same type was varied, probably due to health of the seed, depth of planting etc.


Once germinated, my bean and pea seedlings shot up like an inch overnight, whereas my peppers are just barely poking up out of the soil and they were planted at the same time. Who knows? My seed may have been one of those Lodgepole Pine kinds that require fire to open up. 😂 But fire was applied recently, in the form of an opportunity that gives me reason to dream, and hope to make progress in the area of my money relationship. I know my seed is open and germination has begun and that's a start!


What are the remaining steps of the Law of the Harvest you may ask? Well my gardening background teaches me that once my Abundance seed is planted in garden of LIFE, not only will I need to monitor that it gets the right amount of water and sun,


Or metaphorically speaking,

1. Using the right Affirmations that feel good and right for me,

2. Continuing to practice abundance and positive thoughts when thinking about or exchanging money,

3. Continuing to be happy for those who are blessed with wealth, especially when they may be blessed with the very thing I hope for- a finished basement, or landscape or awesome vacation 😉


There is a lot that goes into caring for our little seedlings to help them become healthy, robust plants that will provide a bountiful harvest for us.


In the caring for our plants as they grow, one other thing to be cautious and careful about is...


WEEDING


Like I mentioned before, I've had my fair share of overgrown weed gardens. Especially last year, while trying to garden in an unfinished landscape. This year, I am bound and determined to stop those weeds before they have the chance to take over. I did this by creating a distinct area for walkways in which I will sprinkle Preen, and then cover with weed fabric and then chat, AKA crushed granite. I know my preparation and work will pay off and am excited to experience the benefit of less weeding.


So in our metaphor, weeds would be those negative thoughts that pop into our head that tell us,


Just go back your old ways. You were just fine. Change is too hard. It's not worth the effort.


Or the figurative weeds could be words of others trying to keep us comfortable ... or them comfortable. Change can be hard. But positive change is what this life is all about. Work to keep your garden free of weeds. And work it will be.


Pluck those weeds out as soon as they come. And destroy them. They will take over your garden if you are not vigilant.


* I have enough on "Weeding" to fill a post or two so stay tuned for Part 2!


I'm on my JOURNEY to BECOME... on better terms with money. I'm sure you are too with some of the seeds you have recently planted. I can't wait to share the rest of my gardening story with my Abundance belief seed and the bounteous harvest it is sure to bring!


Share the seeds you are planting or have planted in the comments! I'd love to hear your stories with the Law of the Harvest!








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