NURTURE THE GARDEN WITHIN
A beautiful garden is a joy that millions of Americans spend thousands of
dollars and countless hours to achieve. I am inviting you to consider tending the most
important garden----that is, the garden of the soul----so that you may produce a rich and
hardy soil that can support a life lived with true happiness and serenity. The following
"gardening tools" define the necessary steps that will lead to your emotional
and spiritual growth. You can use these "change agents" in any
order-----preferably the order that "feels" the best for you.
2. Positive Affirmations-dig out old negative tapes and plant positive messages in the garden of your mind.
3. Forgiveness-pull out the weeds that are choking your healing and
4. Balanced Life-there are 9 flowers in a balanced life: family, friends,
5. Emotions-feelings are "smoke alarms" that alert you to look
deeper in the "soil of
6. Bible Reading-start the day with "fruits and vegetables" in
your mind. Thank your
7. Attend Church-research shows that people who attend church are healthier than those that don't. There is power in belief.
8. Massage-Massage helps with depression and puts you back in touch with your body.
9. Assertiveness-Being assertive increases self esteem and increases the
chances of getting what you want. Use the Win/Win style of communication: When
10.Simple Abundance-Find the beauty in everything you do. According to
11.Visualization-Focus on what you want in your life rather than thinking
12. Relaxation Response and Meditation-No exercise clothes, no club
13. Gratitude-Writing in a Gratitude Journal everyday multiplies the
things that you have
14. Acceptance-What we resist, persists. Say "Thank You" to your
Higher Power for
15. Master Mind Group-Where two or more like minds are gathered together
16. Stress Hardiness-Commitment vs. Alienation, Control vs. Powerlessness,
17. Self Esteem-Self Esteem is the "immune system of the soul."
18. Blessings-To bless means to expand. Send someone that you are
19. Shadow Side-We are all a composite of "opposites." When we
can own the
Kendra Hurd is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor in private practice in Springfield, Illinois. She has a Master's Degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Ms. Hurd is certified by Harvard Medical School's clinical training program in Mind/Body Medicine-a recognized field of medical research and practice that studies the effects of stress on the human body.
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