Advice from a tree
As we get older and mature we log more experiences, improving upon good behaviors and shedding the ones that do not serve us. The analogy I think of to back this up is…we are like trees. A tree sprouts up through its branches and down through its roots into the ground. Our personal (and professional) growth depends on our ability to soften, loosen up and shed the
boundaries and defenses that no longer serve us.
Trees will not only grow taller and up towards the sky they expand with each year that passes. In doing so, they also shed the last layer of bark that served to protect them but now is no longer big enough
to contain them. Similarly, we establish boundaries and create defenses to protect ourselves and then, at a certain time, we outgrow them. We become courageous and experienced. If we don’t allow ourselves to shed our
protective layers, we stifle our potential to expand fully.
Trees need their protective layer, bark, to enable the delicate process of maturing. Just like trees, we too need our boundaries and defenses so that the more vulnerable parts of our being can heal and safely
unfold. Our growth depends upon our willingness and ability to loosen up, shed the boundaries and defenses that no longer serve us.
Unlike a tree though, we have the ability to consciously decide when the time is right to shed our bark and branch out so that we can step into the next ring of our life with more knowledge and confidence. On a
spiritual level, one can perceive how our egos may not disappear; instead they grow larger in order to hold more than just our sense of self. The boundary of self widens to contain people and beings other than just “me”.
Every time we shed a layer of defense or dismantle a boundary we no longer need, we become a bigger person. Keeping this in mind, it is important that we take time to question the boundaries and defenses that we possess. Are they serving us? While it is essential to
set and honor the protective boundaries we set, it is equally important that we soften and shed them when they are no longer necessary for our growth. By doing, so we can create space for the next
phase of development.
As teachers, instructors, coaches, parents and friends education is a fundamental to development and growth; our own as well as those we teach. In order to unleash the potential of our being we need to be confident, flexible and free.
So don’t stifle your development or stunt your growth by staying in your comfort zone…branch out and learn more. Sign up for the many resources Spinning® has to offer and share with us here in the Spinning® Community other workshops, readings and courses that have helped you grow.
“The trees that are slow to grow, bear the best fruit”, Moliere