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Are You a Life Gardener?

It’s that time of year when many start playing in the dirt planting their gardens.  For many it is the re-affirmation of life while at the same time giving them the opportunity to commune with nature.  It’s not only about beauty, but it’s also about sustenance for those who plant vegetables.  Before heading to the garden you have to assess the perennials you already have and the annuals you want to plant.  The planting of annuals is the gift proclaiming life.

Surprisingly, there’s no difference between gardening in the dirt and gardening in the earth of your soul.  When you create your life garden you can come up with any design as long as the theme is health and healing.  Every time you plant a plant you support life.  When you plant something in your life garden you are setting life-affirming energy in motion.  Being a life gardener allows you to design your life in a way that is aesthetically appealing and soul soothing.

As with any garden balance is important.  You have to first decide if you’re planting for form or function?  Are you planting so your life looks good or are you planting ideas, emotions, and beliefs in your life garden so you’ll feel good?  If you’re a comedian you’ll follow the old saying from Billy Crystal, “It’s better to look good than to feel good”; we know that to be false.  Having the right tools will make life gardening easier.  It requires you to think about scale and perspective of the things you want to accomplish.  You’ll need to make sure that your life seeds get sufficient nutrients and light to reach their full potential.

You’ll need to figure out how you will fertilize your life garden?  Do you feel fulfilled when you are around those you love, engage in activities you enjoy, or commune with nature?  Whatever you choose it’s important that you fertilize your life garden on a regular basis.  Depletion of physical, emotional, and spiritual nutrients creates an empty human/spiritual vessel.

There is nothing more beautiful than a flourishing life garden.  Choosing to become a life gardener is an exciting adventure; one that will leave you feeling in control and enthusiastic about what life has to offer.


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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