The first signs of spring are finally here and as soon as I have finished this post I will be out in the garden starting to prune the plants, pulling up the weeds and planting new seeds. The thought of pruning has also got me thinking about life generally because spring is a wonderful time to do the same thing with your life.
Now those of you that know me, will know that I have a fascination with astrology. Whilst there are many skeptics out there, (and quite understandably from the rubbish they print in the magazines and tabloids) I just wanted to share with you what my astrological forecast says as of March 2010 because this is truely bizarre.
Not only is the title exactly the same but get this….
‘Pruning your life’ - Saturn conjuction Saturn – Mid November 2009 until the end of August 2010
“…..this is one of the most important times in your life….a major experience is closing and great changes are about to take place. Have you been living as you feel you should or as others want you to?….Over the last few years ,many aspects of your life have begun to change; your relationships, your residence, your job and you have been dominated by an urgent feeling that if you don’t do everything you always wanted to do, you will never have another chance and now at about 29, you feel that a substantial portion of your life has passed and that you better get on with making it work….consciously you are pruning your life of everything that is not relevant to what you really are as a human being….do not dwell on the losses they are necessary in order to clear the decks for the major period of action in your life….this is a time for endings and new beginnings.”
These words will either mean nothing or everything to whoever reads them. I don’t know how you will interpret them but I do know that these words do mean something to me, the same way that people get meaning from poetry, a book, a conversation, or a film they watch. Mid November was when I set up my blog and since then I have been on a wonderful journey of self discovery and I have also definitely been pruning my life. I have been getting rid of all the deadwood, the meaningless and non-productive aspects of my life and making space for the journey ahead and so today I would like to talk a little about pruning.
What is pruning?
Well, normally we refer to pruning to explain the art of helping plants shrubs and trees become vigorious once more, a time when we can assist in its growth. It is the act of removing the dead, diseased and unwanted limbs from a plant with the results of pruning having a wonderous effect….the same act can be done with your life.
However, there are some big misconceptions about pruning; both in our lives and the lives of our plants. You see, many people think that pruning is just like getting a hair cut, getting rid of the dead and split ends to make your hair look more neat and to control its size and shape. But when a plant gets cut or trimmed the whole physiology of the plant is changed. Pruning is not about what is simply removed, but about what happens to the plant that is left. Pruning by its very nature is designed to produce branching in new directions, not to simply control the size and shape. Just as we prune a plant we too must prune our lives so that we can make way for new opportunities, new ideas, new ventures and to allow us to meet new people.
What is the deadwood in your life?
- Lifes little distractions
- Negative thoughts
- Negative people
- Unproductive time and activities
By cutting out the deadwood you will allow your life to flourish in other areas. Get rid of those little distractions that knock you off balance. Get rid of those self-limiting thoughts, feelings and people that pull you down and start to think instead, about the direction that you want to go.
‘The more we cut back the more we will grow.’
Pruning helps us re-evaluate where we should be spending our time and it gives us the space to make a bigger difference in our lives. Apart from identifying non-productive and non-rewarding activities, one of the simplist ways to prune, is to start to use ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ more effectively. Saying no to your boss, partner, friends, family and children and being a little selfish once in a while isn’t something to be ashamed off. We all need ‘me-time’ and maybe saying yes to a new challenge or something that you haven’t done before is a great way to branch out in to a whole new direction.
I would love to know your thoughts on my post today and please let me know what you are doing with your life to make it more meaningful and productive for you.
“Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.”
(Sir Frances Bacon, English Lawyer and Philosopher (1561-1626))
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