Oh, I that want to grow, the tree I look outside at, grows in me.

    — Rainer Maria Rilke

Life is about growing — on the inside, that is.

If you've ever planted a tree, you know:  Water the root and the tree inside you grows.

Planting a tree is an act of optimism. You do it with a sense of trust in the future. You nurture the seed with hope, faith, and care, and protect it from the elements. Then you let it grow. Growth happens naturally. You never push something to grow. The proper way to grow is by releasing growth.

If you've never grown a tree, then it's trickier. How do you grow on a multitude of levels? It happens by itself. Give it time and sustained practice, and if you renew yourself again and again, something will happen.

I believe that growing is the most important and essential endeavor that we as human beings can undertake. It's the one thing that nobody can ever take away from you. The growth that comes from your search for self-knowledge makes you a deeper person in all ways and in all kinds of endeavors. It's the very foundation that sustains you through all kinds of difficulties. But growth is true only if it continues each and every day. In a way, this often feels like you're starting over.

“Over and over, we have to go back to the beginning,” says author Natalie Goldberg. “We should not be ashamed of this. It is good, It's like drinking water; we don't drink a glass once and never have to drink one again. Over and over, we begin. This is good. This is kindness. We don't forget our roots.”

Give yourself some time to grow. Desire to grow, and your growing will continue by itself. Grow and attune yourself to the greater world of which you are a part. Grow and find a life that is continuously unbroken and flowing with aliveness.

Resolve yourself toward your deepest transformation — and grow wild!

These are the practices and tools that have helped me with my own personal growth. Can they help you, too?