Metaphors and Challenges
Throughout history, the human body has been compared to many other things. Similes and metaphors abound. William Shakespeare wrote, “Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners.”
Gardens are always a work in progress. They need tending, weeding, planting, and pruning. When nourished and cared for they flourish, and when neglected they wither.
Our bodies are the same way. Knowing the best ways to care for them is important.
“Plant your seeds. Water them. Do your part as best as you can. The Universe will do its part perfectly every time, no exceptions.” John Assaraf
The Power and Process of Cultivation
Everybody is different (heredity, lifestyle, age, medical history), and yet everybody has similarities (design, function, metabolism, regenerative potential). In life, we truly do reap what we sow. Years ago while studying positive mindset principles with Bob Proctor, I came to more fully understand and appreciate just how our thoughts determine our feelings, which inform the words we speak, the choices we make and the actions we take. These choices subsequently determine the results we will experience.
There is power in our words, and especially those we speak followed by the preface, “I am…” So if we think of ourselves as always lacking energy or experiencing scarcity in some area of our lives, we may frequently say things like, “I am never going to feel any better, or have more energy, lose this weight or get past this challenge.” This self-talk serves to reinforce this kind of thinking and inevitably sprouts up in our daily lives. Conversely, when we speak affirming words, such as “I am being nourished, strengthened and renewed,” it helps us to blossom.
Although it is tempting to think of this as silly, unrealistic or without merit, it’s encouraging to know that modern science is rediscovering and substantiating this phenomenon, and just how the process works.
John Assaraf (from the movie, The Secret), who teaches some of the latest scientific discoveries about neuroscience principles and how the brain works, expresses it this way, “Whatever you believe about yourself on the inside, is what will manifest on the outside.” This always makes me smile because I often say that science simply hasn’t caught up with ancient wisdom and revelation yet. Clearly, and happily, I need to revise my position. We have the knowledge, power, and ability to change our thoughts and to tend our bodies in ways that are restorative. It begins with our mindset and committing to a healthier lifestyle.
Twelfth-century Persian poet Hafiz states it eloquently, “What we speak becomes the house we live in.”
Nourish to Flourish
We can balance and realign our thoughts as well as our body chemistry. Just like a garden needs neutral soil and optimal nutrients to flourish, so do we. Every meal we eat or drink has the potential to nourish or deplete us. We put fertilizer in our garden to help it grow. We need to put the right foods into our bodies in order to thrive. As the Gospel of Matthew illustrates, you cannot gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles.
“Every time you eat or drink, you are either feeding disease or fighting it.” Heather Morgan
In the Pink
It’s fascinating that we can extend this metaphor of the body as a garden with regard to a popular flower. Underscoring the power and value of pH – as seen in the way the pH of the soil influences and determines the beautiful color(s) of hydrangeas in the garden.
In order to get the lovely, powder blue color of hydrangeas they need to be grown in acidic soil – at a pH of 5.5 or lower. For pretty pink flowers, the plants need neutral to alkaline soil – at a pH of 6.5 or higher.
This brought to mind the expression: in the pink. The Collins Dictionary puts it this way, “If you are in the pink, you are fit, healthy and happy.” Cambridge Dictionary defines in the pink as being in “very good health and spirits, hale and hearty; blooming, flourishing, thriving, vigorous…”
So hydrangeas in the garden share a similar pH requirement as our bodies, to be in the pink!
For more detailed information about pH see our blog, “How to Alkalize Your Body and Why It Matters.”
There is a lot that we can do to take our health to the next level. This starts with changing our mindset, making a decision and a commitment to move toward a healthier lifestyle. In order to become healthier, we must take the actions that sow and reap health.
“Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.” Jim Rohn