Trees are great metaphors for spiritual growth. I like to use the tree of life idea to visualize my spiritual path. I think of each part of the tree as representing a different part of my journey. People who are artistically inclined could make beautiful artwork to remind them of this path every day. The rest of us can make do with a sketch or just a visualization.
Your Roots: What made you who you are?
Think of every person and idea that has influenced you and made you who you are today. What hard work, suffering and sacrifices helped build the life you have and the person you are? Who were the people who came before you and laid the groundwork? Where are the places you come from, physically and spiritually?
All of these are your roots. Honor them. Remember them. They created you and they nurture you.
Your Trunk: What are the core values & beliefs that make you strong?
The core of your being is what is most valuable to you. Concepts and ideas, your values, hold you up in difficult times and keep you on your path.
For some people, their religious beliefs are a big part of the support of life. Others build off a strong work ethic or a deep abiding passion. Whatever is most important to you forms the trunk of support. Use that support to stay balanced.
If you have a mission statement, that is part of the trunk of your tree of life.
Your Limbs: What are the important areas of your life? (Roles)
The areas of your life that you are most passionate about, that you feel drawn to, are the branches that extend yourself out into the world. We take on different roles in life, and each of those brings responsibilities and lessons. Without branching out into broader directions, we cannot grow.
Your Leaves: Which things nourish & protect you in each part of your life?
The details of each part of your life fill it out, give it beauty and interest. These leaves are only as healthy as the foundation they spring from. Try new activities, learn new skills, and improve on your past successes.
Your Fruit: How does your life manifest itself now and in the future? What are the results of what you do and who you are?
Everything we do has consequences. The fruits of your tree of life will be as large and sweet as the efforts you put into cultivating them. Ensure a bumper crop in your life by staying true to your roots, caring for your core, balancing the diversity of pursuits in your life and constantly feeding your calling.