I like my house plants. They add beauty and life to my surroundings. I don’t mind watering them, putting crystals in their pots, sending them loving appreciation and giving them the occasional bath. The problem is that when I do all those things, they grow. They no longer fit on that windowsill or that table. They need larger containers and they start to take over spaces that were assigned to other things. Then instead of enjoying them, I start thinking of them as work. They don’t fit into the neat spaces I had found for them anymore. They go on the ‘to do’ list of things that have to get taken care of.
Growth is like that. We say we want it. We learn about it. We encourage it in ourselves and in others. We celebrate it, and then, sometimes we don’t. New growth doesn’t always fit into old lives.
When children grow physically they constantly need new clothes and new furniture and new toys and new age-appropriate things to do. Our souls require just as much care, but often don’t get it. How many of you have encouraged your spiritual development, while still trying to squeeze yourself into your old activities and your old relationships and your old routines?
Spiritual development has some requirements: a healthier environment to flourish in, and higher level nourishment. I hope that doesn’t discourage you from trying, though, just because it takes some work.
If only we could be like children. Children enjoy each new stage – they welcome every new inch, and every new opportunity. They run toward change like it’s the very air they breathe. They easily let go of things that no longer fit and happily embrace something new that does. They want to grow up and they celebrate every change that comes with it.
Do you want to grow up? Are you willing to let go of the old and embrace the new? One thing is for sure:
If you continue to nurture yourself you will outgrow your pot. Hope that’s okay with you.