A few weeks ago, I briefly discussed Good Soil in my post Digging Up Your Root. After all, your root is your source, your life supply that feeds you and you must be sure that your life supply comes from an environment that is positive and nourishes you properly so that you are able to produce good fruit and thrive in a world of negativity, trials, and temptations. However, what exactly is Good Soil?
First, let’s acknowledge that there will always be things around us that we cannot control. However, we can control our choices, including the routes that we take in our lives. Sometimes when we come to that fork in the road, we have to make the decision that is best for us, no matter how difficult the decision may be. This is when having Good Soil is imperative. It is very difficult to make a decision, which almost always affects your life, when you have negative thoughts, issues with trust, guilt from your past, or any other issue that can easily cloud your judgement. In bad soil, these issues flow through your mind, body, and spirit, but if you are planted in Good Soil, clarity may be much easier to have in your life.
For me, Good Soil consists of an environment where positive people exist who uplift me by being a great listener, understanding, and offering advice when I need it most. It is also a spiritual place where I can express my most inner thoughts, meditate, and have conversations with my spiritual Father. In order to have Good Soil, you have to be able to listen to your inner self and have an honest heart. It would be quite difficult to have the nourishment needed for growth, when your heart is hardened from things you have yet to let go or when you involve yourself in other issues that do not pertain to you or not healthy for you. For example, it is very easy to become distracted with the ordeals of life and never make time to focus on yourself. You may become trampled over with gossip, finances, taking care of everyone else except for yourself, or being engulfed in a materialistic way of living. Ultimately, these issues can cover your roots with bad soil and you may find yourself being further away from your true self.
From my experiences, issues such as the ones mentioned above are what hinders us from having an honest heart. Until recently, I have always struggled with being honest with myself. Unfortunately, this led me down some very dark paths and I was convinced that I was not going to make it through. Not only was it decisions I made that distracted me from being honest with myself, but I was also an hinderance. I often imagined things in my head that made me believe that I was worthless, lonely, and not beautiful. These thoughts further hardened my heart and dug my roots deeper in bad soil. At this point I lost control of the things that I could control, while I remained focused on the issues I had no authority in controlling to begin with.
Yet, I am so thankful that I had the choice to either stay there or dig myself out of those situations, which I did (see Digging Up Your Root). Now that I was free from the bad soil in my life, I decided to make some changes to my environment and I knew it was time to do so because everything began to fall into place. So if you are ever worried about what to do or where to go, this where your patience and trust will be tested. If you believe that things will happen for you because it is in your destiny, big or small, then they will. You have to trust the process because it is a transition from being implanted in bad soil to submerging yourself into Good Soil. It involves believing in yourself, time and patience, and opening your heart. Overall if you can do those things you will receive proper nourishment and you will produce good fruit over time.