Landscaping Your Life with Alison Smith and King Hezekiah

I’ve written in recent blogs about the metaphors relating to the square – that have impinged on me while I’ve been tending to the blocks of squares in which I’m growing veggies at my allotment.

Following on from my previous post, in which I wrote about how I’d discovered the importance of tending the areas surrounding the squares, it came to me that I was facing a situation at home about untended areas of my life. Yes, it’s that awful stuff we refer to as paperwork. Yes, it’s fallen into chaos; such chaos that it has – almost on its own – overwhelmed and smothered the square that is my creative life.

Since the realisation, I’ve begun the process of handling this crisis. And I came across Landscaping Your Life, a process developed by Alison Smith which uses the metaphors that can be found in Nature to help folks get back on track. I thought it might be useful to reproduce LYL’s compilation of short You Tube videos. As always, take what is useful and discard the rest.

Pondering these videos, it occurred to me that what I was doing was putting my house in order. I looked up the expression. It comes from 2 Kings 20:1-6:

“In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” 

King Hezekiah didn’t die, just then. He recovered to become known as a religious reformer. His father had turned the kingdom back to idolatry. Hezekiah undid his father’s work and restored it to the faith. He put his house in order. In The Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, Hezekiah is defined as an ” …expression of spiritual strength in the executive power of the mind.”

Curiously, my husband spotted a pigeon sitting in front of one of the flower pots in our parking space when he came home from work yesterday evening. It was raining hard and the bird was absolutely drenched, freezing cold and very light in weight. We took it indoors. I wrapped it in a warm towel, made a snug house for it in the cat’s carrying basket, in which I placed a bowl of warm sugared water and bread, and set it in the airing cupboard with the door open. I warmed a pad of wheat grains in the microwave and placed this along one side of its body as a hot water bottle. Sadly, it did not survive the night.  I was glad that we’d been able to put its little house in order and give it as comfortable death as was possible.

Was this event a portent, omen? At the very least, it was, according to Jung when defining Synchronicity: an acausal meaningful coincidence. 

Sorting out my utility bills has suddenly taken on a much higher meaning! And makes the task more palatable. Wish me luck.

Do you have a workable method of keeping life in balance?  I’d like to know.


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9 Responses to Landscaping Your Life with Alison Smith and King Hezekiah

  1. Tammi Kale says:

    Wonderful post! With a needed nudge – Thank you!

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  2. This is good stuff. We do need to be about the business of putting our houses in order. The days are ahead will demand it I think. I have learned to work in small increments. I set small attainable goals in every area of my life and then seek to surpass them.
    I schedule and attempt to pray for 3 ten minute periods everyday.
    I schedule and attempt 20 minutes of exercise and a 20 minute nap
    I schedule and read 10 pages in a book
    I schedule and read 10 blogs everyday
    I schedule and do 10 minutes of writing
    I schedule and do 10 minutes of work outdoors
    I schedule and do 10 minutes of work indoors
    I schedule and work on my finances for 10 minutes (this includes filing)
    I make ten contacts with people everyday
    I call or write each of my children, my sister and my mother everyday.
    My goal is to go through the entire list at least once everyday before I get caught up in a long project that way at least sometime is spent on every area.

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    • AnnIsikArts says:

      I am awestruck at your organised life. But I realised as I finished writing this blog post why it’s important to be organised – if not, you can’t do the spiritual stuff (in whatever form it takes) you’re meant to be doing. I can also see the source of why I’ve been so badly knocked sideways in all this.

      I was wondering why you chose to divide your day into 10s. Have you ‘gone metric’? Or is it to do with the 10 Commandments? Slightly tongue in cheek, this. 🙂

      But I’m printing off your schedule and will try it out. Thanks!

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      • Thanks. I have been practicing this and getting better at it for two years now. I find I cannot be too rigid with myself and have to celebrate the wins more than lament the losses. The 10 minute thing came about because some of the things on the list (not all but some) I really hate doing and so I asked myself what was the amount of time I could force myself to do it everyday and not falter or give up. 10 minutes seemed to be a good answer (I said to myself “I can do almost anything for 10 minutes”). Some days with my financial and administration pieces I find it very difficult to handle even 10 minutes at a time. And some days the making 10 personal contacts things takes a lot longer than I think it will and swallows up my time making it hard to get other things done. On those days even 10 minutes is a challenge.


      • AnnIsikArts says:

        Well, I’ve been writing about doing things ‘one square at a time’ so I should take my own advice. It is easy to become overwhelmed by the world, but I’d rather that than be less sensitive.

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      • I agree. I have a life coach who insists that multitasking is impossible anyway.

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      • AnnIsikArts says:

        I like your life coach. (I like most people who agree with me).

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      • Me too. He doesn’t agree with me very often but then as a life coach that is not his job. He is only supposed to help me discover what is already in me. 🙂

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