I’ve done a few big projects to make my room a sanctuary and here’s a project I’d like to complete next: a vitality corner of encouraging quotes and pictures and many plants.
I would call it a vitality shrine but some would take offense to that because of the religious connotations people assume with the word ‘shrine.’ It’s not religious in an idolatrous way, but it is reflective and meditative.
I want to use green plants as a reminder of all the things I want to be:
– I want to bloom as I prepare myself emotionally, financially, and physically for mid-life.
– I want to reach new heights.
– I want to seek the light even if I must bend and outstretch in one direction towards it.
– I want to nourish my body with good healthy food and kindness so that my radiant outside reflects a well fed and cared inside.
– I want to be growing in Christ. I feel tingling in my roots and hope to know and experience even more foundational truths about my God and our relationship. I need to be reminded that what I soak up in my roots helps me react to the world around me and feeds me substance.
– I want to prune and throw away the bad parts so that I can focus on what’s important and not feel inhibited.
– I want to remember as I’m tending them that people who love me are tending me and to love them back fiercely with that devotion.
– Like photosynthesis, I want to use good energy to fuel me and have that process produce beneficial things for my environment.
– My assortment of plants may all look different and need different types of tending and soil environments for best performance, but they all work together to be beautiful although they are diverse. Similarly, I want to see my strengths and weaknesses more bigger picture and know that what I have works together to do even more good collectively. I want to remember not to judge someone for not having similar outlooks, interests, faith, or personalities, but find ways to admire them and encourage our growth and relationships.
– Like potted plants, I want to accept help when I can’t get what I need from my limited resources. Plants need fertilizer, and I need other people’s wisdom, encouragement, and experiences to help feed me. I may need coaching, programs, and therapy to help me reach my potential at different times in my life and shouldn’t be afraid of needing these resources.
I think just a few years ago I would have thought this notion was silly, but perhaps that is a sign I’ve grown. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.