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Natural Awakenings Indianapolis

Letter from Publisher: Nurturing Growth

Mar 05, 2013 04:00PM ● By Nancy Caniff

Plants are wonderful teachers. When we pay attention to their simple needs, they respond by growing naturally and generously offering us their special gifts. When their basic needs aren’t met, they wilt or grow yellow, silently asking for succor.

I have conducted many experiments in my home, with some success. For awhile, I wasn’t able to get them to grow. Then a friend suggested that to cultivate a healthy bounty, one must consciously add the energy of tender loving care. Once I understood this, I started to tend the plants and herbs in a more nurturing way and low and behold, my Christmas Cactus has just started to bloom!

The needs of the human spirit work in a similar way – if neglected, we can fail to thrive. The good news is that the life force in both plants and people is resilient and forgiving. It’s good to pause often and ponder; Is the garden of my life well watered? What ingredient is it craving? What tiny little step can I make right now to enhance its magnificence?

Like me, you may be learning that applying consistent rays of attention, love and tenderness, even among the busiest hours of our days, can pay off in wonderful ways. In this issue, I hope you find plenty of fresh, sustainable ideas to consider as you continue to create a healthy and happy life filled with blooming possibilities.


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