I live in Tucson, Arizona, so at this time of year our gardens are not covered in snow. In January each year, I go out and trim back the roses, grasses and Mexican Bird of Paradise and my back yard looks barren. I love the lush greens and reds when the plants are in bloom. Yet, I know that in order to achieve this state of beauty, it is best to prune back and eliminate the parts of the plant that are no longer serving it.
Nature is always my teacher, and I realize that now is a good time to reflect on what I want to prune in my life. What habits are no longer serving me? What can I prune back in my life or eliminate so that I can flourish, advance and grow to my fullest potential?
As I am pruning, I discover one little red flower that has survived the recent freezes in the garden. It is tough and has survived. It is a beacon of hope for the future. I will also look for the hidden parts in me that I want to expand that have lied dormant until now. I will be my authentic self and speak my truth to show my true beauty just like this flower reveals its beauty to the world.
Peggy Steffens is an artist and Chopra Certified Meditation Instructor
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