~ Marcel Proust
We are born out of a spontaneous act of nurturance. In the soft bed of our mother's womb, nature's brilliant design follows its ancient, mystifying blueprint of creation. We grow instinctively out of all the stuff that can already be drawn upon to feed us, and everything after that is taken in as fuel. As we are nurtured, and as we come into our human form, we align with all of nature's greatest creations; a living organism that breathes into life, grows into purpose, thrives into vibrancy, and eventually, must return to the earth.
Our nature is to grow and be grown. Like seeds in soil, we need to be taken care of. In childhood, to be positively nurtured feeds and forms our bonds and connections. We reach out for the support and tender care that allows us to feel safe and confident in the world. As we mature, that nurturing is just as vital; what differs are the sources that we have to be nourished by. The children within us may still look outwards to those who can nudge us closer to what we need most (more self-care? A change of scene? A leap of faith? A reassuring hug?). We also need to draw from (and trust!) our own inner resources, to give ourselves the green light to seek out and receive the most effective soul food only we know we need -- an afternoon of solitude, time on our mat, a walk in the mountains, a positive self-pep-talk...With one radical act of nurturance towards ourselves, we can see a glimmer of the light we are seeking...
Watering the seeds once will not a garden make.
A flower wouldn't have as strong a chance to bloom into brilliance without the gardener who tends to it.
Trust that there are gardeners all around you...but the gardener to turn to now is the master of all...