Monday, January 16, 2012

Growing New Roots

Cold temperatures are keeping me indoors now that winter has truly arrived. Zero degrees this morning holds a few inches of snow on the ground, and the fishpond is well and truly frozen.

The only gardening available to me is my houseplants, so i water them and pick off dead leaves. I give several of them a haircut--begonias, geraniums, and wandering Jew--and place the cuttings in jars of water so they'll root.

What would you like to root in this new year of 2012?
Self-compassion? Joy? Being of service? Friendliness? Patience?

In order to cultivate these (or any other) beneficial qualities, we have to grow new routes by establishing new habits. And there's no better place to begin than with ourselves. Send well-wishes to yourself right now.

May i feel safe. (Feel around inside your body. Does some place "feel" safe? After a couple of seconds, move on.)
May i feel happy. (Does some place in your body "feel" happy?)
May i feel healthy.
May i feel peaceful. (Does your big toe "feel" peaceful?)

Repeat this phrases and allow them to gradually percolate into your mind and into your body. By the time my cuttings have rooted, you will have established some new routes yourself :)

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