Love who you are, what you are and what you do. Laugh at yourself and at life. Louise Hay
Last weekend I planted my annual herb garden. This year I’m also trying my hand at tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, spinach, salad greens and summer squash.
Planting each seed and seedling, reminded me of how I’d once again stopped doing my inner work.
The meditative work of planting my garden, reminded me of life’s simple law. Plant seeds. Care for them. Tend to the weeds. In the end you’ll be rewarded with the seed’s unique gift.
The same is true for our personal and professional inner work.
What Mental Seeds Are You Planting?
If you plant a tomato seed, you don’t expect a zucchini. Yet every day you the mental seed of I’m not worthy and expect love. Spend 24 hours monitoring your thoughts. They are subtle, so listen carefully.
What do you say to yourself if you are running late? What do you say to yourself if a bill comes and there is no money in the bank? What do you say to yourself when those summer clothes are tighter than last year or you have to put on your bathing suit for the first time?
Are those seeds you want to grow in your inner garden? I thought so.
I Love And Approve Of Myself
One of the most powerful, yet simple affirmations I use I learned from Louise Hay, “I love and approve of myself.” When I decide to plant this seed rather than other negative seeds, I find life, personally and professionally, takes on a whole different hue.
Imagine walking into a situation saying, “I’m fat. No one wants to talk to me because I’m so boring.” Got it. Now imagine the same situation and instead you’re saying, “I love and approve of myself.” Can you feel the difference?When I do this work with clients, I see them sit up straighter, smile and relax.
Tend To Your Garden Daily
If you’re a gardener or just have a few herbs from the grocery store on the windowsill, try planting this mental seed while you’re tending your garden.
As you water your garden, repeat, “I love and approve of myself.” As you weed your garden, repeat, “I love and approve of myself.” As you smile with pride over your first tomato, repeat, “I love and approve of myself.”
You can certainly repeat the affirmation other times as well. The garden just gives you some time to meditate the feeling of the affirmation.
By connecting this practice with your garden, you’ll find you’re not just reaping tomatoes this summer.
You will see the little miracles occur in your life. The things you are ready to eliminate will go of their own accord. The things and events you want will pop up in your life seemingly out of the blue. you will get bonuses you never imagined! ~ Louise Hay