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Got bindweed? You have seen bindweed. You might know it well because you keep pulling it out of your flower and vegetable beds. Objectively the flowers are quite pretty and delicate, soft whites and pinks and a close relative to Morning Glories. Who doesn't love Morning Glories?

Bindweed is known for its tenacious survival, its deep roots spread into systems which makes it virtually impossible to destroy. From an evolutionary perspective, this is a survivor plant and in that sense, admirable.The problem with bindweed is that it is noxious and it takes over. The plant crowds out other cultures and displaces native plants.

We all have habits and thought patterns that act like bindweed: pervasive, sometimes enjoyable and even helpful but generally hijacks the essence of what we are truly capable of. These are habits we take for granted and hardly notice or when we do and aim to eliminate, they just come back. 

Like bindweed, becoming aware of how our habits are rooted within the person that we are and using thoughtful approaches to change the systems at work, is how we change our patterns. Ripping the plant out only changes the surface with no or little effect on what is below. Changing a habit without understanding how it keeps rearing its head amounts to the same thing. 

Living with healthy habits is synonymous to cultivating new internal ecosystems that thrive with native plants and are in balance with each other. The internal gardens is of your own design--plentiful, rich, surprising, creative. Most beautiful ecosystems form with the help of nutrients, gentle and loving influences. 

Who is to say you should cultivate alone? 

I leave you with the following question: What is your bindweed?

Reach out and safe journeys, Allyson

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This morning I had the pleasure of feeling the sun on my face and knowing that it is spring.  I have known this for a while since the moment that I witnessed the extra minute of day light; since I smelled the first wet snow; since the first bird song; since the first blade of a crocus emerged green.  The warmth today confirmed what I already knew: that I have enjoyed spring for over a month.  This is significant coming from a geographical place where it snows until May.  If I wait until May, or even April, to declare it is spring, then the season is far too short. I will have missed the changes and more importantly the pleasure and excitement of being in spring.


Being in spring is more than enjoying the nature around me.  It is also a state of being.  I am not in winter.  I wake up and I am in a state of creating, where I make decisions that allow me to become, to renew and to do for the first time.  I am in a state of experimentation where I try something and see what happens, where I get to continue something—or not.  My word for the year is “to emerge.”  I am in a laboratory of ideas where some will mature as plants in the summer.  Others won’t.  Or they will surprise me elsewhere, already rooted.  This is a state of being that I love, that I cherish and will preserve with care.


Following this train of thought, in what season is your state of being?  Are you still sleepy from the Winter?  Do you have a quieting down from Fall?  Are you coasting on matured projects like Summer?  If you live in a place of the world where seasons don’t change dramatically, how would you describe your state of being?  Rainy season? Dry season? Something else?


Consider which season your state of mind is in and what value it has for you.  Is it just right or is it time to move on?


To continue the conversation, find me at . Meanwhile, consider registering for a free workshop on March 7th, "Where does the time GO?"

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Be a guardian of:

Your values, even when they don't all agree with each other;

Your questions, especially those that can't be answered;

Your sorrow, particularly the message it wants to reveal;

Your joy, even when no one else understands.

Guardian: "a defender, protector, or keeper." (Oxford Dictionaries)

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