Soak. Steep. Marinate. No, I’m not talking about nuts, tea, or steak…I’m referring to ideas. Just as particular foods benefit from those processes to draw out nutrition and flavor, Big Ideas do too. Although chronic over-thinking can lead to paralysis, some thoughts and plans take time to flesh out. From life choices and career paths to creative endeavors and business projects, Big Ideas become richer, more finely tuned, and more successful after giving nibbles of inspiration and scraps of thought room to breathe and develop full flavor. Time to soak into our unconscious, our universal mind which is limitless in its wisdom and creativity if we can trust ourselves enough to hand over the apron and let it whip up a fabulous feast.
Discover how many layers and nuances of flavor your Big Ideas can develop in your mind’s kitchen.
There are decisions that call for immediate, instinctive, deep-from-within gut reactions that would become suffocated or pointless from too much analysis or debate. But when the situation is right, and swift action isn’t of the essence, try treating your Big Ideas as you would a garden, planting seeds of inspiration and allowing them the time and freedom to germinate.
Sometimes the wisps grow as weeds do, furiously and with purpose, to full size. Other times, seedlings of thought sprout at the rate of a snail, advancing skyward one millimeter at a time until one day (after having forgotten about them all-together) you return to find a sturdy, sizable plant in glorious full bloom. Big Ideas may need different levels of care as well. Some need constant attention; adjusting the degree of sun and shade, pruning, pinching, precise watering. Other ideas do better left alone, as a watchful eye and worry-wort attitude will only suffocate its wild ways and hinder its growth.
How does one gain the wisdom to discern which seeds require which method of gardening? The answer is neither clear-cut nor consistent. We must tune in to our inner wisdom, know ourselves and how our unique processes work, and be willing and flexible enough to adjust as knowledge is whispered to us.
How does your garden grow?