I had some gorgeous oleanders growing outside my kitchen and living room windows. They provided much needed shade, a space for birds to sing and abundant blossoms. The branches were beautiful, filtering the sunlight as they waved in the wind. Unfortunately the roots were starting to creep up under the foundation of my house, and if not handled quickly, would have created trouble. I had to have my beloved oleander trees removed.
It struck me as the glaring sunlight poured in through my now-unobstructed view that we often put up with what we see on the surface, while all the while ignoring the roots of a problem… until it becomes too painful to put aside. We’ve all done it. We’ve all ignored subtle signs of trouble in our lives until the problems make their way to the surface and become glaringly obvious.
It happens when a relationship starts drifting apart but you ignore it until it is in crisis. It happens as a few pounds creep up on us, or a few pains start to manifest… before one day we realize we really don’t feel so great. It happens when we subtly find ourselves becoming irritable because we’re ignoring our hearts until at long last we wonder why we can’t stand our lives. I’ve been there… many times.
So how do we address the roots of a problem before it reaches the “branches” and manifests as a real challenge in our lives? I think the solution is as simple as being honest with ourselves in each moment. When I am honest with myself I avoid trouble. When I neglect what I am feeling or knowing, I create challenges. It really is that simple.
I’m not concerned about the state of the world. I’m committed to contributing to its peace rather than its chaos. I know your energy and mine is at the roots of the vibrational balance on earth and we can keep our vibrational energy in a good space.
As the angels say, one soul standing in the light is far more powerful than those in darkness.
A tree with strong and healthy roots can grow through anything no matter what the state of the branches.
Here are a few tips to help us pay attention to what is beneath the surface in our lives this week…
1. Notice any small pains, areas of discontent, or irritations
These are early warning signs that something needs to change “beneath the surface” in your life. If you are in pain, breathe into it and ask it what it is trying to tell you. If you are discontent, admit it and immediately start to focus on what you want. If you are irritated, ask yourself, “What must I say or do to shift this?”
Address the roots of an issue before a situation becomes painful.
2. If you have a challenge in life that has become difficult, go back to your roots…
No matter what is going on in your life, some basic nourishment for your soul starts to shift your vibration back into a better space.
Practice self love – do or say something nice to yourself every time you are tempted to criticize. Eat kindly. Get some fresh air. Move. Take care of yourself and suddenly the vibration of love will start to shift your situation, no matter what it is.
3. When you find yourself worried about the world, ask yourself, “How can I be at the root of the solution?”
If you fear war, stop the wars within your own head. Stop warring with people you don’t like. Stop battling your issues and love yourself through them. Avoid hating the haters. Pray for the bigoted. Let us create healthy, strong energies in our deepest selves, that nourish all of humanity.
This week, practice getting at the roots of your challenges, and empowering the solutions at the roots as well. It is what lies within us that branches out into our outer world.
Let us water the soil of our souls with kindness and nourish our collective selves with the light of love.