Tending Your Inner Garden is all about paying attention to what your soul needs and what seeds of potential are ready to grow. One of the best ways to access that inner wisdom is to make a vision board, a visual representation of your soul’s greatest desires.
Winter is the ideal time to make a vision board because it’s a natural time of quiet and reflection. Plus, cabin fever may be setting in about now, and a vision board can help you get excited about what’s to come in your life. The other great thing about a vision board is that you don’t have to be an artist: the clippings you find do the work for you.
To start, find a large sheet of paper, a pair of scissors, a glue stick, and a stack of old magazines. You’ll do this in two parts:
First, set a timer for 15 minutes. Start going through the magazines and cut out anything that speaks to you. It could be a word, a phrase, a picture. The important thing is not to think about it. If it speaks to you, cut or tear it out. Keep going until the timer sounds.
Second, set the timer for another 15 minutes, grab your glue stick and start pasting the clippings to the background sheet. Again, don’t stop to analyze or plan. Just plop things down wherever they land. When the timer goes off, you’re done.
Now step back and look at what you’ve created. What themes emerge? For instance, do you see a lot of images or words pertaining to money, health, relationships or nature? Is your vision board bright and colorful, or are the colors more subdued? Did you fill up every available space on the background paper, or is there space between the clippings? The answers to all these questions can help you decipher the messages your vision board has for you.
- Here are some suggestions for making the experience even more powerful:
- Get together with a friend or family member and make your vision boards together. When you’re done, you may see themes in one another’s vision boards that you would have overlooked in your own.
- Journal about your vision board. Choose some items that stand out to you and ask yourself what they mean in your life right now.
- Put your vision board where you can see it daily. Many Inner Gardeners have hung theirs on their refrigerator or bathroom mirror, or carried them in a journal or calendar.
- Put the date on your vision board. Then do a new one annually at about the same time of year. Over time, you’ll see trends in the direction your life is going. For instance, one Inner Gardener was surprised to find that her vision board had a lot to do with relationships. Within a year, she’d met her future husband and was planning to get married. Another is making a change in her career direction, and her vision board is helping guide her to pursuits like yoga and writing, mapping out the direction she wants to go.
We’d love to hear how your vision board turns out. Leave comments here or contact us and we’ll post your photo on our Facebook page.