Every year my garden gets bigger. This does not happen miraculously or because I am a winter worker with a high level of planning and motivation (though my husband would argue this point!); it grows because I am a commitment to beauty and food. I am grounded in this commitment to provide colors, textures, and food for myself, my family and my friends. And, every year I open the seed catalogues and get overwhelmed with the amount of diversity and beauty one can get in a seed packet and I purchase too many seeds. This year I was introduced and introduced myself to a few new seed purveyors: Baker Creek Seeds, Abundant Life Seeds and Mapple Farms. I did my research, reviewed last year’s notes and ordered my seeds. When they arrived I marveled at my desired diversity and beauty and also wondered where I was going to put them and how I was going to plant all these seeds.
There is a funny thing about seeds, I plant them, give them some water and they grow into food or flowers or both. I love gardening for the sheer amazement that I feel every year, when I plant a seemingly lifeless, teeny tiny object and it grows from the dirt into a life sustaining and enriching plant. Truly inspiring!
This year I decided it was time to start some seeds indoors. I have never done this before but figured it couldn’t be much harder than putting them in the ground. I was right, it was not hard. I went to Swanson’s, my favorite garden store, and bought some supplies. When the kids got home from school we planted 10 different varieties of things like watermelon (I know, ambitious, but I just have to eat my own!), cucumber, winter squash and tomatoes (which I should have started about two months ago but what the heck)! We planted the seeds on Wednesday, by Thursday there were roots and by Friday the green leaves were unfurling! We are all so excited!
As for the space to put all of these delicious plants, Neil, my ever impressive husband, brought home a digger and a dump truck (which the kids LOVED) to take all the sod off the front yard and replace it with dirt and mulch. We now have an additional 650 sq ft of planting space! I had the idea of the front yard being a garden six years ago, and now my idea is a reality!
What do seeds have to do with coaching you may wonder? Well, throughout my life I have planted seeds both literally and figuratively. We have all planted seeds and reaped the rewards. Seeds are ideas, little bits of inspiration that we find in our lives that eventually, if we feed them, lead us to see the idea fruit.
Most of us have had the experience of feeling frazzled with too many ideas to choose from, making our energy feel diffuse and unproductive, even stagnate. The opposite scenario has probably also occurred with a barren field before us with not an idea in sight, which can feel really lonely. Then there are the times when ideas flow, each gets what it needs to survive and thrive. When we recall those times it is likely we feel a sense of satisfaction for having brought the ideas to life and completion. During those periods of time, we were centered, “grounded” in our self and through this stable and fertile foundation we were able to fruit our ideas.
Since grounding or centering is something we can do daily, imagine what it would be like to commit to the practice of centering every day . When we are centered we are able to know the perfect ideas to water, which ones to save for another time and which ones to compost. I may not have been centered when I ordered those semi-tropical watermelon seeds, but I am practicing growing them by giving them good soil, warmth, water, attention and sunshine. The watermelon seeds are responding by growing perfect green leaves and strong roots. And you know I may just eat a tender, juicy watermelon sometime in the late summer, only time will tell.
If you would like to learn more about how to bring your ideas into fruition, how to grow your garden of bounty, invite perspective, let’s see what kind of fruit you produce!