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Gratitude Blooming Series

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The Growth Mission


Welcome to the first mission! Find a quiet place to be still with yourself for the next few minutes. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Try imagining yourself as an expansive grapevine, with both mature and new leaves, growing on the same vine together. Do your leaves seem happy or tired? What does growth feel like to you? 

CARD 33 GROWTH (grapevine): Can you be grateful for the opportunities that allow you to grow, no matter how difficult they can be? What do you need in order to cultivate an environment around you where you are able to grow to your fullest potential?

Notes from the artist: This grapevine in our garden was planted before we moved in and has produced fruit only once since we’ve been here (just last year). Every year, I have to prune the vine back because it grows so vigorously. This drawing was made from a pruned branch. For me, this grapevine brought an awareness of nature’s innate desire to grow and also a message about the necessary cycles of growth and pruning. Sometimes how we choose to ‘prune’ or ‘tame’ our growth can be just as important as the growth itself.

Earlier Event: December 26
The Self-Care Mission
Later Event: February 9
The Friendship Mission