Sowing Seeds


All of the planting and seed sowing I have done recently has gotten me thinking a lot about the seeds we plant all the time and the things we choose to nurture. This started when I was writing my most recent newsletter, talking a little bit about the CSA model and the similarity between planting and nurturing seeds and the way we use our dollars to support things we care about.

There are so many areas where we can choose to plant seeds — ideas, daily practices, projects. When the seed of an idea comes to you, do you open your mind to let in the sunshine and rain necessary to make this idea grow and come to life? I know I have so many things that I would like to see flourish in my daily life, but sometimes it is hard to find the resources I need to make these little seeds take root. I still struggle to make my yoga practice a habit and not an occasional stretching. I have a list of other things I would like to make more room and time for so they can grow.

Then there are those crazy, impractical ideas that I can’t remember where they come from, a wild seed blown in by the wind. The ones that don’t seem like they should survive, but they keep growing, at least in the idea stage. Sometimes these rogue ideas reach me when I need them most, other times I wonder if I should even consider making them a reality.

It takes more than just a seed to bear fruit. That is the miraculous starting point, but these little things won’t grow without the proper care and attention. I wonder what kinds of seeds, literal or figurative, you have been sowing lately? What ideas have you nurtured and grown?



  1. Andrea (Sacred Suds)

    May 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Anna! I was thinking about this exact thing yesterday on my bike ride, and was going to write about it, but the words just weren't coming. You've said it all perfectly here.

    On my ride, I was thinking about how, just like us, seeds have the potential for greatness inside of themselves. But without the proper care and environment to encourage growth, they (like us), cannot achieve their fullest potential. An acorn can become a might oak, but not without a proper place to root, without water, and if it's too much in the shadow of something else. Just like our ideas – without the right environment (ie without our attention), they cannot grow.

    I find it is helpful to make a manifesting board every year, with pictures and symbols and words of what I want to bring into my life that year. I hang it on my fridge and am reminded every day to give those wishes my attention. Currently I am working on balancing work and family life, along with my personal fitness and health. So those are my priorities and the seeds I am nurturing.

  2. Anna

    May 11, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I like your manifesting board idea — i think it makes a lot of sense to envision the seeds you want to nurture and create a clear picture of what you want to bring into your life. Great to hear from you!!

  3. dogsmom

    May 17, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    I am glad I found your blog. I hope you link up to the Monday and Friday Farm theme blog hops. I have links to them on my blog.
    You have very interesting posts that should be shared.

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