Another sunny Saturday and I watched my Alocasia elephant ear plant climb and lean toward the sun filtering through the shades in a room and wondered how they were so adept at finding exactly what they need to keep growing and blooming.
Plants will intuitively lean toward the light, so as to fill their little plant cells and veins with photosynthetic juice or whatever they call it. It’s light. Pure and simple. They live on light and water. And look at all they produce. Trees and shrubs and plants and bushes and all manner of living green things bloom and blossom and burst into the most amazing array of fruits, nuts, seeds, flowers, leaves, sprouts, berries.
Natures wonderhouse of imagination made real. All the food we need to survive. If you’re vegan. If you want meat, then you gotta go to those animals.
I’m not preaching for vegans or not here. Just saying there’s a helluva lot of food being produced by these living green things on this planet. And they just intuitively know how to lean their entire beings into the source that sustains them.
What if we did the same? How can we lean our lives right into the source of what will sustain us? How can we grow into our new lives by leaning into the light of understanding what truly makes us happy; what makes our souls sing; what brings us joy, peace, comfort. Comfort in knowing we’re here on earth doing our “thing.”
Some days I don’t feel as if I’m in my right life. I don’t feel aligned. I feel off-kilter. I have a voice saying, “This isn’t what you want to be doing. This isn’t how you want to be spending your precious dwindling minutes.”
(Dwindling is a little extreme—but like sands in the hourglass, so are the days of our lives…) I stole that from a soap opera tag line—full disclosure.
But we have no idea how long we’re here for. And I want to spend as many precious minutes leaning toward the light that lights me up, and in turn will light others up, and eventually, if we all did that, maybe the planet would light up even more too. All without burning electricity or coal or nuclear power.
Wow. Save our souls and curb greenhouse gasses.
I think I’ve just come up with something here.
I walk around through my day and I see people. I wonder, are they living their best life? Do they have a light inside they’re leaning towards? Or not leaning towards? Are the shades of their distractions covering up the sun in their soul?
How can we open the shades and let the sun of our own soul shine through to nourish our days?
What are you passionate about? What lights up the leaves of your soul tree?
Music? Art? Gardening? Cooking? Helping others? Writing? Singing? Dancing? Working on cars? Hiking? Photography? Performing? Owning your own business? Rescuing animals? Helping older people? Fighting injustice?
Interior decorating? Selling homes?
Whatever it is that feeds your soul, go and do it. In small or large ways.
Lean your leaves toward the sun filtering through the shades of your days.
Learn to angle your minutes and hours toward that which grows you into a larger you.
Think of an elephant ear plant. Here’s a photo to help. See the way the leaves ain’t gonna sit around in the dark part of the room.
They’re goin’ for it.
You can too.
I speak for myself.
I’m spendin’ today leaning as much as possible into the light of what makes me come truly alive.
Peace and blooming houseplants.
Have a wonderful sun-filled day…