The gifts that we are meant to bring to the world

Hello. Dr. Anita Johnston here, and I’m getting ready to plant some seeds in my edible flower garden.

I’m not exactly sure why it is that I’ve been fascinated by edible flowers but I have been ever since I was a little girl. I think maybe it’s the idea that it’s a very direct way to literally bring in the beauty of Life. To really take it totally into my entire being.

As I plant the seeds, I get in touch with the great mystery of life and how is it that we, like these seeds, already come with everything we need for life. It’s all there. These little seeds can grow into big bushes or delicate flowers or giant trees. And we don’t have to do anything to make that happen, other than provide the environment that is optimal: the environment that will allow whatever it is that’s already been seeded to come forth.

That’s how it is with the very nature of our being. To entertain the idea (because we can learn so much from nature) that we already are seeded with gifts. The gifts that we have. The gifts that we are meant to bring to the world. But in order for them to come forth, we need to make sure that the ground is fertile, and that it has all the nutrients we need in order to grow. In order to flourish. And we need to make sure that we get the optimal amount of sunshine. Sometimes that means transporting, transplanting, ourselves someplace else. To a sunnier spot.

And sometimes it means making more space, removing weeds, that which does not serve us. Or just making sure there’s enough space around us so that […]

It is ok to be sensitive…

My adorable gorgeous dog is Ozzie. He is more than my companion.

I want to tell you a little bit about Ozzie.

Ozzie is a really sensitive being. And sometimes in my sessions with clients, Ozzie will come in and join us.

Once, with one particular client who was crying, he went and put his head on her lap to comfort her. Later, when she was complaining about her husband who was really giving her a hard time about something, she said “I just wish he would give me some space.” And at that moment, Ozzie got up, walked across the room and sat on the other side of the room.

What if we could accept our sensitive nature?
What if we could say, alright, I feel things deeply?

Maybe stuff that might not affect somebody else, penetrates my very bones. And, so what if I feel things deeply, is that really a bad thing? For those of us who are super sensitive and find certain things intolerable — perhaps there are things that not to be tolerated.

Imagine what the world would be like without that level of sensitivity?

There would be all kinds of horrible things that would be tolerated when people weren’t sensitive to them. Imagine what it would be like if we had a world without people who were sensitive to the smell of a new born baby. Or the sensation of the sun against your skin. Or the sound of the birds as they go flying by.

All of these are sensations, and those of us that are very sensitive, we get to take them in. We get to take in so much of life, if we allow our sensitivity. But if we don’t, we think there’s […]

The road to recovery is full of twist and turns. . .

I am in Texas at a lovely place called the Sheltering Tree, which is a counselling center that is run and owned by my friend and colleague, Cathy Woodward.

In the back yard of the Sheltering Tree is a fantastic Labyrinth. The Labyrinth is something that is near and dear to my heart, because it’s the perfect metaphor of what recovery really is about. So many of us think that recovery is like entering a maze.

Where there are so many mistakes to be made.

And wrong turns.

And ways in which you get blocked.

But a Labyrinth is something that is very different. Because you see, there are no wrong turns here.

It’s a twisting, winding path.

It’s not the path into something and out of something.

It’s a path that you take to the center of your very being.

And then once you get there, that’s not the end, because you then find your way out.

A Labyrinth has been used since ancient times to symbolize the journeys we take though life, whatever they happen to be. And so, when you enter a Labyrinth, it can at times be very confusing. Very overwhelming. You go, wait a minute, I was just here, and now I…how did I get back here again?

Just like in recovery, you get to a point where you go, wait a minute. I thought I already resolved my issues with my mother. How come I’m back here again?

The truth is, you’re back in it, but you’re in it at a whole different level. You’re in it at a different place. You’re in it with a different kind of understanding. So, as you enter the Labyrinth of Recovery, you make your way towards the center of your very […]

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