Thinking Magically™ | From Ruts to Roots

There are those who would misteach us that to stick in a rut is consistency – and a virtue; and that to climb out of the rut is inconsistent – and a vice. – Mark Twain

We’ve all had it happen – we get into the groove of life and then we get entrenched in that little routine we have created for ourselves. We become frozen in place and start to settle for what we have because it’s easier. And we stop finding what’s interesting because it can be hard to stay stimulated, so we resolve to allow the uninteresting to be our safe and easy trend. In other words, we assume – no, we choose – a life of monotony. Well, that’s all about to shift . . . because I believe if you’re not changing, you’re settling. And if you’re settling, you run the risk of easily sinking into a boring existence. And you don’t want that, do you? I didn’t think so. Today, we shoot up out of your rut by learning to grow roots. Literally.

This is another one of those techniques that requires you to grab a piece of paper and something to write with.

THE TREE

STEP 1: Think back to a tree that you have seen which captured your imagination, enthralled you, made you wish you could just lie under it for awhile, or sparked your creativity. In other words, what tree has made the most impression on you (for whatever reason).

STEP 2: Write out three (or more) adjectives to describe your tree.

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STEP 3: Now, describe what you remember or noticed about your tree’s trunk. Use as many descriptive words as possible in writing out your recollection.

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 STEP 4: Next, write out what you remember of your tree’s branches and leaves.

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STEP 5: Then, write out what you imagine the rootstock and foundation of your tree to be like. Take care to imagine and then describe the essence of your tree and how it grew from a tiny seed.

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KEY TO THE TREE: The tree that you have visualized represents your spirit, your essence, your deep-rooted nature. Like us, trees come in an array of shapes, sizes, textures, colors, families, and growth patterns. Just like your tree, your spirit can never be stuck in a rut, because it is always growing up and away from where it started. Your essence is unshakable, profound, and powerful just like the tree you remembered.

As your tree produces life-sustaining oxygen into the atmosphere, so does your spirit bring a unique expression to the world. And, like your tree’s root system which provides it a foundation, your spirit provides a means for you to consume the nourishment of life while it reaches for the sunshine of our experiences.

Bring your imagination to bear and start to notice that your true nature provides you a base from which to continually grow, while your creativity and intent allows you to branch out into the world and touch everyone and everything that you come into contact with. To truly experience what I have been talking about, fill in the following to give you a new appreciation of your true gifts and authentic self.

My true nature is (use the adjectives from Step 2)

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My true strengths are (use the descriptions from Step 3)

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My true influence in life is (use the descriptors from Step 4)

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My true ability to succeed arises from (use descriptors from Step 5)

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Take some time to contemplate what you have written down. Notice how, like your tree, you don’t have to be the strongest, the stoutest, the tallest, the largest, or the oldest. But . . . you are continually growing. So you have no choice but to thrive, adapt, and keep moving towards happiness (sunshine).

EXTRA CREDIT: For those of you who practice yoga and have the physical wherewithal, go into a Tree Pose (Vriksasana). As you stabilize your posture, imagine yourself as the tree you have imagined in Step 1. Notice what it feels like to be the tree of your dreams. Feel the energy in your body, the strength in your core, and the grounding onto and into the earth. Use this as a meditation. Then, write down the impressions that came to you.

If you have not practiced a Tree Pose before, you can find some information on it here:

Yoga Journal
Santosha
Wikipedia

EXTRA, EXTRA CREDIT: Look up the cultural, religious, and mythological meanings of your tree. Incorporate what you find into your daily thoughts about yourself.

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© 2011 by Scott Grossberg. All Rights Reserved. thinkingmagically.com
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