Over the last few months I have been pruning and propagating my house plants. While I tend to my plants weekly with watering and removing yellow leaves, I had let them grow wildly for far too long. If you are unfamiliar with this process, propagating is taking a cutting from a plant, removing the lower leaves, placing it in water or soil (depending on the plant) and allowing it to root so that it can be replanted. The beauty of this process is if you care for your plants and propagate them when needed, you will always have plants in your home as well as plants you can offer as special gifts to others.
When I first pruned one of my pothos, however, it was a pretty severe pruning and many of the leaves on my clippings turned yellow and needed to be removed. I wondered if I did something wrong, but realized it was probably in shock from the move and needed a little more nurturing. I placed it in the window just above my altar and every day I give it a little attention and make sure that it has enough water as I encourage it a long.
As I sat at my computer this morning, I looked up and noticed another of the clippings had grown roots, seemingly overnight. It’s funny how that happens, something has been growing so slowly you don’t even see it and then suddenly there it is, you can’t miss it.
Similarly in life, there are times we need to take stock and cut back or cut out what no longer serves us. We need that fresh start to give us new life, new energy, new hope. This may prompt quick growth or change, but it may reveal some trauma that needs extra care and nurturing. Go within to provide that needed love and encouragement. Know that even if you can’t see it, a fresh root is growing beneath the surface. Nurture the root and allow it to grow strong and stable so it can support the new growth within, growth that is fresh, vital and beautiful. And then the day will come, where suddenly you will take notice of this new growth and you won’t be able to imagine yourself any other way.
I am an animal loving-Vegan runner, I practice and teach Kundalini Yoga and I love to cook and eat flavorful plant-based food.