“I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
Each year for my intention circles, I create a theme about planting seeds of intention given the seasonal change from winter to spring and the connection to seeding our dreamy ideas. We “plant seeds” not just in our gardens with vegetables, flowers and fruit. We actively “plant” our seeds of desire, intentions and dreams with every thought, in each moment, daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, seasonally, and parallel with the lunar cycles.
How much thought, depth, or attention you provide depends on the intention, its development stage, and your willingness and readiness to bring it closer. Where’s your current focus? Where are you actively planting what you desire in your life? What’s evident in your life right now from what you’ve “planted” years ago, months ago, and last week?
Whatever you are desiring, intending, dreaming, or holding in your heart, in each moment, you are making a decision to consciously focus on it positively, give energy to it or not. Planting your desires, and intentions rolls your intentions and ideas in motion and spins energy their way. Even if you are only speaking or writing about your intentions, you are directing attention, energy and life to them.
When you plant a carrot seed, you expect a carrot without a doubt. Right? You have no doubt a carrot will grow. You may have doubts when it will sprout or if you under or over water it. Or if it gets enough sunshine or shade, and nutrients, but there’s never a doubt you’ll net a carrot.
Connecting this carrot analogy to your “seeds” of intention, when you plant in your mind and begin to seed that desire within you, it’s a similar process. Allowing the intentions and dreams to grow and providing the positive influence for growth it needs, guiding its way and trusting the growing process and allowing it to take its course.
Within my groups, I enjoy providing metaphorical connections and symbolic associations to gel the intention work process and add depth and texture. More connections results in a better understanding and physical sensory connection. To bridge the physical planting with our mindful planting seeds of intention, here’s an hands-on “planting seeds of intention” activity I led across all the intention circles.
Materials: Soil, containers, small gardening shovel, assorted seeds, strips of paper, pen or marker and water.
The physical practice of planting your intention seeds enriches the experience of setting intentions. The seed packages I chose for the groups ranged from Cosmic purple carrots to corn, peas, sapphire flowers, to green beans, pumpkins and more. Begin by choosing seeds that connect and match your intentions.
When you plant actual seeds, you are creating a ritual and a tactile relationship with digging your hands in the dirt, naming the seed for each intention, and feeling what you wish to bring in to your life as you plant. Across the groups, each woman connected their intention to a specific seed. Some women in the groups, buried their intention on a strip of paper along with the seed. Others labeled the strip of paper and set it in the soil after planting so they could read what was planted.
Dig down from within. Open up to possibilities of what you would like to create and expand in to. What new seeds or recycled seeds of intention do you want to grow and nurture this season?
The “Cosmic” purple carrots worked well for those needing some extra universe assistance. A pumpkin seed for someone represented a “prince charming type” she’s holding an intention for. The Sapphire blue flowers was a connection to the intention setter’s birthstone, and a helpful reminder to set an intention for better self care and prioritizing herself.
Next, plant a seed for each intention and water each one.
What grows, grows from what is cultivated and nurtured. Where are choosing to put your attention? There needs to be patience and surrendering– with seeds, you know they are growing even though you can’t “see” them below the surfaces. Same holds true for intentions. Something is shifting and happening below the surface even if it is not visible yet. Recognize the change and shifts that are occurring for each intention you planted, visible or subtle. Even if there is no bud forming yet, realize there is activity below the soil surface and a sprout will emerge when it’s ready.
Some seeds need time to form deeper roots. If a seed doesn’t sprout, plant another. Keep planting what you want. Welcome the live budding sprout, and the sign that there is movement and growth present. The gardener holds that the garden and seeds WILL grow. The seeds want to become a carrot, flower or plant. That’s their destiny, their will, and their nature.
Our expectation of what will grow, like in our carrot example, holds importance and relevance. Trust what you have planted and bring that energy of “no doubt it will be” with you. Be open to attracting better than you imagined or a better fit for you and your path. Practice expectation without attachment to the exact outcome or how it may show up.
As the month progresses, gently tend to your intentional garden, your “mindful” garden, and love and water those seeds. The intentional seeds you plant and sow, will blossom into fruition with your attention, focus, desire, energy and love. Allow them to thrive and flourish! Go seeds, go! Sprout seeds, sprout! Keep seeding your dreams!