While most folks are not fans of this time of the year, with all of the snow and cold, I see it as an opportunity to enjoy my two favorite winter pastimes: getting caught up on all those books I've been wanting to read and ... going through seed catalogues! What? Seeds? Like in gardening? "But it's January," you might say. To anyone who calls themselves a gardener, gardening does not begin in the spring and end in the fall. Gardening goes on all year, in our minds and imaginations if not actually in the dirt. It's like having a catalogue filled with dreams delivered to your door!
Taking that idea just a little further, what if we could order our dreams from a catalogue? Let's pretend, just for a moment, that we opened our mailbox to find a catalogue that only sold magic seeds, and that those seeds, when planted, nurtured and watered, would grow into anything we desired or could dream of. The only catch is that you are only allowed to order one packet of seeds. Now the big question: which dream are you going to plant?
Our intentions are like those seed packets. They are where dreams begin. If we plant them in good, healthy soil, give them water and attention, and keep them in good light, they bloom into the most amazing things.
A word of caution here: sometimes, despite all our efforts, some seeds don't take root. It happens. It may be that the soil wasn't right, or they got too much or too little water, or they needed to be planted in a better location that received more daylight. So often we have an intention to create something but for some reason it just doesn't manifest. Perhaps the time wasn't right (soil), or we expected too much too soon (water), or maybe we need to re-examine our intention to see it in a better light - like asking ourselves why we wanted to do this in the first place. Sometimes when we come at an idea from a different perspective (a better location), we start to see the fruits of our labors right away. When our intentions come from a place of love, compassion, service and integrity, we can grow miracles.
Today is a blustery, cold day outside, but I am quite warm and cozy inside with my cup of tea, my favorite fuzzy slippers and blanket, and a nice, fat seed catalogue on my lap waiting for me to open its pages and discover the magic inside. What kinds of magic seeds can you plant today?
And so it is.