|   being present, breath, change

You are a multifaceted Being.  You are a spiral; there is nothing linear about you.  Imagine yourself in energetic form, expanding as a beautiful spiral into endlessly evolving wisdom.
This ever-expanding spiral signals your personal growth and evolution.  Evolution is cyclical, and cycles govern all facets of life.  As you evolve and grow, with each cycle we aspire to become wiser and make better choices.  In order to choose a “higher way,” it helps to know which part of the cycle you are in!  Various areas of your life may be at different stages of change and maturity.
Small cycles bring quick change, fleeting experiences and shifts into your life.  They go as quickly as they come. Large cycles rework, unearth and transform you and your life in massive, transformative ways.  For example, if you are building a new business, this is a large cycle of expansion.  It will take considerable time to build and grow, but the rewards will be substantial and sustainable.
Visualize large field, lush and green, stretching out before you. The field symbolizes your business.  First, you ready the earth  for planting.  You loosen it up, add fertilizers, and tend to the field with water and love.  This is the time you are developing your business idea, taking classes, writing the business plan and perhaps enrolling supporters or investors.
Next comes the planting stage of your endeavor.  You are clear on which plants you are looking to grow. You buy the seeds and get busy embedding these seeds of hope into your field with great intention.
You are signing the lease, buying equipment, and perhaps hiring help.
The next phase is probably the most challenging phase for all!
You wait.  The greater the endeavor, the longer the period of gestation. This is the nurturing phase.  You see the seedlings sprouting.  Small and fragile, your plants are beginning to reach through the earth aiming toward the sun. You water your seedlings; you feed and protect them from predators and bad weather as best as you can.
This nurturing phase could take years, depending on the scope of your enterprise.   This is the time to grow.  As without, so within.  You will be forced to dig deep to find patience, willpower, stamina, and all kinds of inner resources to see this phase through.  There are no shortcuts. You cannot force the growth of your plants.  They grow at their own speed.  Of course, the more focused your attention, the more beautiful and strong your plants will grow.
Finally, the harvest has arrived!  Your plants are gorgeous, thick, juicy, healthy and ripe.  All the worries, the what if’s, and doubts are left behind. You didn’t give up, and stayed strong even on days when you thought you may never get to see your dream manifest. You stayed the course, unwavering, and matured into a more fearless, grounded and empowered Being through this waiting period. You matured!
Once harvest is complete it’s time to rest, take inventory, extend gratitude — and celebrate!  Take time to savor and ACKNOWLEDGE your growth, because from this growth will spring a yet greater cycle of expansion.  This growth involves new plants, new employees, and greater responsibility.  The moral is to enjoy each phase of every cycle.  The more you are able to accept the phase you find yourself in, the greater your ability to focus on what matters most, right now.
Be at ease, and trust that the longer the nurturing phase, the greater the harvest.  Never give up, and never abandon your field, as it is the extension of your inner process and growth.
With deep love and gratitude,

Britta Dubbels