Planting Seeds of Peace
in the new year
As we reach the coldest, darkest time of the year in the Northern Hemisphere,
the time when the hibernation impulse is strongest,
it is an excellent time to turn inward
and tend to the inner soils of the soul,
cultivate our dreams,
and plant seeds
for the glorious harvest
we wish to reap in the upcoming year.
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What Seeds Do You Water?
True peace is always possible... Our mind is like a garden that
contains all kinds of seeds: seeds of understanding, seeds of forgiveness, seeds of mindfulness, and also seeds of ignorance, fear, and hatred... At any given moment, we can behave with either violence or compassion, depending on the strength of these seeds within us.
When the seeds of anger, violence, and fear are watered in us several times a day, they will grow stronger. Then we are unable to be happy, unable to accept ourselves; we suffer and we make those around us suffer. Yet when we know how to cultivate the seeds of love, compassion, and understanding in us every day, those seeds will become stronger, and the seeds of violence and hatred will become weaker and weaker... With this understanding,
we are already on the path of creating peace. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Cultivating Your Inner Peace Garden
What would your most flourishing year look like?
What do you yearn to harvest?
Twelve Nights of Peace is an invitation to consciously choose which seeds you would like to plant and water so that you can grow a flourishing garden of your dreams.
Instead of asking what you want to do in 2019, you are invited even deeper, to reflect on your core values, who you want to be. What core value seeds do you want to plant this year so that as they grow and flourish, you become an embodiment of them? From that place, you can't help but radiate that out to the world.
Do you want to embody more love,
more compassion, more kindness?
Do you want to step up as a force for
radiant goodness in the world?
Do you want to plant seeds of courage so that you can face the challenges of our times with fierce love?
What types of seeds would you need to plant to have a flourishing abundant harvest of your dreams?
Friends, we are in chaotic times of transition. With so much uncertainty, turning to our core values helps us find our ground, plant our feet on the soil, and return to what matters most.
Our neural pathways are highly malleable. What we continually do and turn our attention towards, gets ingrained in our neural networks and becomes stronger and stronger. When we consciously turn our attention towards something, say kindness, for example, we are consciously building up that capacity, watering that seed. Envisioning what our life will look and feel like when we are a fuller embodiment of kindness helps prime our brain and gets us seeing new opportunities where we previously could see none.
In this practice, each day you will embody one of your core values and envision your life when that seed has blossomed in you. Each day represents a month in the upcoming year, so by the end of the 12 days, you will have 12 visions to continue to explore into your new year. This is a practice of expanding your visioning muscle, really dreaming big and opening up possibilities. After 12 days of continually shifting your attention to cultivating the seeds that matter most to you, you will start to notice changes, shifts in perspectives, new opportunities, insights, and a greater sense of levity, hope, freedom and inspiration.
May this Guided Journal and daily practice nourish your soul.
What we plant in the soil of contemplation,
we shall reap in the harvest of action.
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