Many of you replied with appreciation for the question: “Am I tight in the bud, or am I blossoming?”
I was hiking one day at the Laurentian Divide recreation area, just north of Virginia, MN. It was a stunningly beautiful autumn day. I thought to wonder if I was tight in the bud or if I was blossoming. Immediately, and without any conscious intent on my part, I felt my shoulders move down and back, and my chest expand. And, briefly, I shifted from feeling joy hiking in the autumn woods to being joy in the autumn woods.
Many of us have long held patterns of remaining tight in the bud, patterns that are unlikely to just slip away. If you are at all intrigued with the idea of moving from being tight in the bud to blossoming, I have a suggestion. Practice diligently. Ask the question of yourself many times a day for many weeks. Right now and right here, am I tight in the bud, or am I blossoming?
What is it they say? If you practice an act for 30 days, it becomes a habit?
At work, at the grocery store, driving, at the beginning of your day and at the end – ask yourself if you are tight in the bud or blossoming. Practicing yoga, cooking supper, reading a book, surfing the internet – ask yourself if you are tight in the bud or blossoming.
Talking with your children, praying in church, paying bills, making love, vacuuming the living room, doing laundry – ask yourself if you are tight in the bud or blossoming.
Ask all the time. Create a habit of awareness. Create a habit of blossoming.
We’ve begun our 9th annual trek to our winter home in Blanco, Texas. We plan to be there by the 1st of November. We’ll be on the road between now and then, but I’ll still be available for readings in the evenings. Call or email to schedule a reading.