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The Power of Sprouting

Posted on: May 8, 2011

“Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout.”  Morihei Ueshiba    

Temperatures continue their warming trend in the Northern Hemisphere as we delve deeper into spring and enjoy her expansive energy.  The landscape is decorated in lush, bright colors as seeds sprout and share the gift of their inherent purpose with all.  The hidden potential of a plant lies in the seed.  Like our hearts, the earth is full of fertile seeds.  Deep within the ground the roots of a plant provide stability and sustenance as a seed grows and gathers strength.  A plant must have the courage to venture out of the darkness and seek the nourishment of light to realize its highest potential and share it with humanity.   

The hidden potential of an idea lies in the seed of a thought.  When we consider the origin of a thought, we may immediately think of the mind.  Thoughts are born in our minds; however, they are also born in our hearts.  Ideas that originate in our hearts are often inklings that seem illogical.  Sometimes they don’t make sense because they don’t correlate with what we’ve come to believe about ourselves.  The heart is our strongest connection to our innate natures.  Heart energy is powerful and the essence of magnificence.  Our hearts retain knowledge of our true selves and the infinite potential we were born with. 

In today’s modern society we’ve been conditioned to follow our heads not our hearts.  We are constantly listening to the voices in our heads and disregarding the longings of our hearts.  The seeds with the greatest potential to sprout lie in our hearts.  They are the ideas that are born of goodness and are ultimately in our best interests.  These are our dreams with the potential to positively impact our lives, the lives of others, and even the world.    

How do we access the seeds lying dormant in our hearts?  Reawakening our connection with nature’s rhythms and our own internal rhythms helps us to access the wisdom patiently waiting to be discovered in our hearts.  Spending time in nature and observing the flow of her vitality nourishes us and opens us to recognizing the messages our hearts are trying to convey. Spending time in silent stillness quiets the voices in our heads and also helps us recognize the yearnings of our hearts.   

Another way to cultivate our innate natures is by eating whole, unprocessed foods that resonate with the seasons.  When our lives are synchronized with nature’s rhythms, our choices for nourishment naturally correlate with the seasons.  During spring, we feel lighter and sense the energy of renewal in the air.  It is natural to crave nourishment from lighter foods as we leave behind the bulkiness of winter.   Lighter, simply prepared foods appeal to us.  If we are living in synchronicity with nature, our natural tendency is to eat more raw or lightly cooked foods.

Sprouts resonate with the expansive nature of spring and are amazingly nutritious.  When a seed sprouts, it releases the energy locked in the seed.  During a plant’s life cycle, the life force of the plant is strongest during the sprouting stage.  When we eat sprouts, their vitality is transmuted to us.  Sprouts are full of anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. 

They are easy to digest and strengthening.  The high water content of sprouts combined with their dense nutrient content encapsulates the energy of spring and makes them an ideal food for the season.  Sprouts are high in chlorophyll, which absorbs sunlight and converts it into energy for the plant cell.  By eating sprouts, we are indirectly ingesting the energy of the sun.  They are delicious added to smoothies, salads, soups, sandwiches, or stir fries.  Sprouts are best eaten raw to retain the maximum nutrient benefit, but they can also be lightly cooked.   

Sprouts are often available at salad bars and can be purchased in grocery stores.  However, it’s easy to sprout your own seeds to obtain the maximum benefits.  We typically crave sprouts during the spring and summer, but sprouting can be done year-round and is not dependent on the weather.  Sprouting is a great opportunity get children involved and teach them about healthy, energizing foods.   Almost any seed, grain, or bean will sprout.  Some popular examples are alfalfa, radish, broccoli, green peas, lentils, garbanzo beans, mung beans, buckwheat, and sunflower seeds.  Sprouting truly is simple:

  1. Obtain a large, wide-mouthed, clear glass jar – a mason jar works well.  Place enough seeds or beans in it to cover the bottom.
  2. Fill the jar with water.  Filtered water is preferable for optimum results. 
  3. Jar can be covered with a screen, piece of fabric, or cheesecloth secured with an elastic band to facilitate rinsing.
  4. Let the seeds soak overnight.
  5. Strain the water then rinse with fresh water.  It is best to remove as much water as possible so the seeds are moist but not sitting in water.  The strained water can be used for drinking by people, pets, or plants. 
  6. Place jar in cool, dark spot.  Continue rinsing twice a day for 2-4 days.
  7. Once the seeds sprout, move to a brighter spot so they get some indirect sunlight.    
  8. Continue rinsing for 2-3 more days until the ends are green. 
  9. Cover and refrigerate.  I like to put a dry paper towel on top to absorb any excess moisture and help keep them fresh. 

Smaller seeds will take longer to germinate than larger seeds.

Like nature’s seeds waiting to sprout, we don’t know the potential of the seeds that lie dormant in our hearts ready to germinate.  When we resist evolving, we wither and die akin to a seed failing to crack open to grow and reach its full potential.  Like the metamorphosis of a tiny seed growing into a powerful sprout, the secret to your transformation may lie in cultivating the seeds in your heart.  Though it may initially take courage, gently cracking the seeds open and nurturing them may lead you to your greatest passions in life.  As you can see, sprouting seeds is easy.  Listening to the messages your heart is trying to convey and gently cracking open the seeds within can ease the path to your transformation and the discovery of the dreams that lie hidden in your heart.    

I invite you to consider trying sprouts if you’re not familiar with them.  I’d further encourage you to try sprouting some seeds yourself.  Children will love watching the tiny seeds grow into mighty sprouts right before their eyes.  Ingesting this amazing, healthy food will facilitate your connection with your own innate nature and help you listen to your heart and explore the seeds that are waiting within to sprout.  In addition, I invite you to forward this blog to your friends and sign up for weekly e-mail updates at www.belightandhealthy.com to get informed and inspired to Be Light and Healthy.  When you sign up, you will receive an e-mail requesting you confirm your subscription.  After you confirm, you will begin receiving weekly updates.

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