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Everything is a process, growth and improvement take time.

You will achieve whatever your heart wishes for if you are consistent and patient. There are no shortcuts to success, no 12-week programs, no magic workshops, courses or pills. Everything is a process and needs time and the right environment to reach its full potential. Whether you’re on a spiritual path or set yourself a physical or a practical goal, don’t be unrealistic. You don’t expect an infant to become an adult during childhood, you don’t expect a tree to blossom in winter and you know you have to wait till night to see the stars. So why are we in a hurry when it comes to our own process? We live in such a fast society. Consumerism and its smart marketers taught us that we can have it all and we can have it now. So we came to forget about the process, the natural flow of things.

Take time to do what you love to do, do it repeatedly and it will improve. You want to become healthier or get fitter? Think about it as a two or three year journey at least. Yes you can jumpstart things with programs or diets, but there is no such thing as ‘summer is in 6 months, so let’s work out’. It’s about what you persistently do and what you will repeatedly do for the next years. If you make the right choices, your body will reach its best state in a couple of years, don’t worry about the summer too much, there are plenty of summers ahead.

I’m learning, I’m learning that yoga is not about touching your toes. Whatever you do, don’t think about the end results or perfect looking postures you want to be in, that is just your ego talking. Just make it a good practice in which you observe your body and open your heart. Take it one practice at a time and notice how things unravel.

You are an artist and get frustrated because things are not moving fast enough? You’re focusing on the end product? Remember that it is your soul you are portraying. Your soul grows, your practice grows, your technique grows and eventually your work will grow. This also is a process, think about it as everything else in nature. The tree doesn’t blame itself that it doesn’t produce the fruit soon enough. It just allows itself to be, waiting for the right season, while soaking up the sunlight to convert water, carbon dioxide, and minerals into oxygen and energy-rich organic compounds. According to environmental factors, one year may result in a better harvest than the other, but eventually there will be fruits. Why? Because it is the tree’s nature to do so. So if your nature is to create, with the right environmental factors and trust in the process, your efforts will be fruitful.

With Love from the Happy Earth Kitchen.