life balance,  personal success,  self-care

Life Lessons My Garden Taught Me

It snowed today – a lot! The storm picked up momentum as the day went on. I found myself drawn to the window often. I couldn’t see the garden. I know there is life there – under the thick blanket of snow. The garden has already started preparing for its showy comeback. We are getting close now.

Gardening is one of the ways I express myself creatively. I grew up watching my grandfather growing roses, tending grapes and fruit trees. In the summer, he used to wake me up early in the morning to go pick up figs for breakfast. At noon, the children used to lie down, in the shade of this huge fig tree that was in our back yard, and nap, while our mothers would sit nearby and gossip or knit – finding respite from the heat.

As I began daydreaming about my garden and Spring in the middle of this cold, snow covered day, I couldn’t help but reflect on all the lessons my garden has taught me.

  • Take time to plan before you dig – it will save you a lot of time, energy, and disappointment;
  • Design the garden that pleases you;
  • Let the garden show you what it needs – stay flexible;
  • Don’t worry about getting your hands dirty;
  • Keep up with the weeds or they’ll take over your garden;
  • Take your cues from the flowers themselves – if something refuses to thrive – let it go;
  • Don’t be afraid to try something new;
  • Learn from your mistakes;
  • Above all, a garden is meant to be shared and enjoyed – There is always time to stop and smell the roses!

Yota works with women who are in the midst of life’s inevitable changes. Her approach is deeply influenced by her cultural roots, work and life experience, and her long-term practice of mindfulness meditation. In addition to her work with individual clients, Yota speaks and writes on mindful living, overcoming self-doubt, and the art of letting go.

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