"March winds are the morning yawn of spring."
~Lewis Grizzard Under the snow, the mud and the muck are all those tiny, tender seeds that have been planted. You may even have forgotten you planted them, or what they are, or where and when they are planted. As I pick through my south facing garden, pulling out of the rose bushes a few shreds of holiday wrapping paper and the pine wreath (that used to welcome our holiday guests but has since lived under a snow bank for months) I am surprised to see a plethera of tender, pale green shoots just popping through the wet, deep, brown crust. Hmm, what is that plant? Are those the iris's or the tulips or a weed? Do I really not remember back to last spring? What was it I maybe planted there in the fall, some obscure bulb from that garden catalog?
I hope to recall more readily what I have planted in the garden of my own heart. I am learning that my "mission statement, be it with business or with life, is the roots of all that I grow. Print out your mission statement, put it somewhere that you see it everyday. Try to match each step of progress/action with your mission statement as its root. What would your mission statement sprout? With awareness I am planting several things to tend through this tenuous time of spring. Careful to not let others walk on my tender leaves, the newest growth.
I've created a "vision board", and designed a macro and micro calendar, all the while asking myself what is it I want to accomplish, why and by when? Looking at my macro calendar, from now until the summer solstice I've listed my goals/desires around my relationships, job, family etc. Things like " Daily practice, Stand in my 500 hour certication, Develop a strong teaching base, Improve my relationships with my son and parents, Embrace my lioness, Spruce up our business image". I then work backwards from the current approaching Spring Equinox and ask what will be done between now and June 21st to accomplish my macro outlook? I've written here things like " Have "dates" with my mom and son every other week, Daily asana, Write out class development, Find a new logo for Bali Malas." What seeds do you want to plant, to cultivate, to fertilize, tend to and water? What small steps daily can be taken? What bigger steps weekly and bigger still per month? Time can easily fly by, so slow it down, look at it, feel the dirt in your fingernails, and remember your life is in your control. You can formulate how you want it to look, feel, smell. What you will reap at harvest, what fruits you will enjoy as the days get longer, slower, warmer? Now is the time to tend the garden of your own heart. How does your garden grow?
With names like Dearly Beloved, Pink Martini, Om Shanti and The Muse, and encompassing sunny citrine, smokey amethyst, mauve fresh water pearls, tulsi, rubies and sapphires, our spring collection is certainly worth investigating......