We are arriving at the time of year where we think about planting seeds. The funny thing is that we are already planting them, at least in a metaphorical sense, with how we are paying attention.
For the first 25 years or so of my life, I always looked at the ground while I walked. Always. Friends would even comment on it and dance teachers would scold me about it. Then one afternoon, I choose to shift my gaze from the ground to eye level. The subtle shift made a huge difference. First, I had made a choice – I was no longer moving forward by default, but choosing where I was going. It was as if I were planting seeds without knowing what they were or even that I was planting them. Second, I was able to see both what was around me at that very moment to fully experience it and I was able to see where I was going.
Presence + Choice = Full Participation.
Previously, I had unconsciously tumbled myself forward into the future. Looking straight ahead, I was both anchored in the present and understood that as I choose each step, it quite literally moved me in the direction that I wanted to go. I began to participate more fully in my life. I started to see that in each moment we are planting seeds for moments to come, but also that each moment inevitably has a beauty in itself, even if it is not exactly what we expected. Essentially, how we orient our attention matters – a lot. It is a huge determinant for how we experience life. It is also good news because we can choose how we pay attention.
For the past year now, I have been coaching women in how to orient their attention in day to day habits to participate more fully in their lives. Since how we orient our attention is an essential act towards blooming in our lives, this spring I am renaming my program Seeds of Radiance and Integrity, which, by complete coincidence spells out the acronym SRI.
My next group starts on May 1 and I am getting together ten women to do some purposeful planting. We will work together for 6 weeks to joyfully and deliberate engage in living. Most of this program is online and some is optionally in-person. If you are ready for a shift and this sounds like something that you might want to do, let’s set up a time to chat to see if it is the right time for you to do some gardening. There is absolutely no obligation attached to this chat – at the very least you might get to see if you are planting tomatoes or zucchini and we get to connect.
Tomorrow starts today.