September 15, 2013 · 1:00 PM
In these last days of summer, we are reaping the fruits of our harvest. What we've put out is coming back full force. When I look at the apple tree in my backyard, it is heavy with apples. My tomatoes in my garden are so abundant that they have pulled the stakes down. Why has this year been so amazing? My garden reflects the incredible combination of rain, fertile earth, warm sun, and perfect breezes.
And yet, while most of the garden is thriving... there is one bed that is just barely surviving. We tried a few interventions. It received the same treatment as every other part of the garden... water, compost, weeding... but it never responded. We gave it extra TLC, and it came back a little bit, but still...it faltered. Eventually, we were spending so much time caring for a lackluster part of the garden that we decided just to "let it go." Sometimes, no matter how much you nurture a particular area, it doesn't want to grow. Meanwhile, other areas that you had forgotten entirely burst into full bloom.
This Sunday is the first segment in a four-part series for thriving in love. It is natural to yearn to love and be loved in return, and to do that, we need to first be open to love. Part 1, "Developing Openness: Identifying perspectives that shut us down before we start," will look at stumbling blocks to initiating and deepening relationships. It will also identify aspects that are our points of strength... the ones we can turn to when we are inclined to retreat into our old habits.
As per usual... bring your birth chart and your sense of humor.