Dylan Lundgren provides innovative and holistic healing experiences for those in recovery; using mind, body and spirit elements such as yoga and meditation. He currently works with different treatment centers and sober houses in Southern Florida.
Have you ever tried to plant something in the desert? Neither have
I. The desert is not conducive to growth. Working in addictions
treatment and being sober myself, I’ve often heard the phrase,
“You’re just planting seeds.” That always felt a little off to me.
Over the past few years, it started to click. The quality of the
soil is just as important as the seeds being planted. I can plant
seeds all day long. If I don’t care for the soil I am planting in,
there’s a good chance those seeds won’t grow. This really connected
for me when I heard the story of a man named Ron Finley. He has an
incredible Ted Talk called “A Guerilla Gardener in South Central
LA.” Ron grew up in South Central LA; not the “ideal soil” for
growth. However, in stead of playing the victim, Ron focused on the
small strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street; the patch
of healthy soil that could produce growth. He planted his seeds which
yielded organic vegetables. This is a perfect analogy for the power
of intention, focus, and growth. Whatever our intention, if we shift
our focus to the soil we can grow in, and then take action in that
direction, it’s almost a guarantee we will see results. I remember
when I was struggling with food addiction and I couldn’t get any
lasting results. After a lot of trial and error, I found a group that
shared my intention and held each other accountable to
the disciplines that supported growth in this area. My life
drastically changed in this area and I have never had to return to
that former state of despair with food. To wrap it up, I’d like to
offer 3 questions as an exercise.
1) What’s one area of life you would love to see growth in?
2) What’s the environment or community (tribe) that
currently sets a visible example of this type of growth?
3) What’s an action you can take today that would begin
the process of said growth? (maybe it’s just reaching out to someone)