Once again the extremes of life in the Southwest have taken their toll on my garden. A cold snap in May, record heat and drought in June and thirsty rabbits nibbling every available juicy plant. By July 1, I had leafless plants and others that appeared dead. I wondered what is a gardener to do. So just like last year I decided to Wait and See, not rush to judgement. The July rains came early and steady. And lo and behold new leaves appeared on scrawny leafless stems and where the “dead” plants were, new growth sprouted.
Clearly the roots were alive and still in service, grounding the plants into the Earth, sustaining them through the rough times until they could grow again. So this got me thinking about our lives. What if we stop struggling, resisting, arguing and insisting? Instead we widen and deepen our roots and trust their capacity to keep us steady and ready for whatever comes our way. The deeper and more tenacious our roots the more flexible we can be, swaying in the winds of turmoil and change, knowing our capacity to adapt and prosper.
I imagine my roots growing deep into the ground, anchoring me firmly to my life now, in this moment. I encourage you to do the same. Let’s feel the uprightness in our bodies, the sturdiness we have against the winds and rains, the worries and hurts that trouble us and inevitably send us down the rabbit hole of judgement. Let’s stay grounded, rooted in our own strength, in the real power we have to see us through.