1: to prepare or prepare and use for the raising of crops; also: to loosen or break up the soil about (growing plants)
2 (a): to foster the growth of; (b) Culture; (c): to improve by labor, care or study: Refine
3: Further, Encourage
4: to seek the society of: make friends with
Cultivate (v.): early 17th century, from Medieval Latin cultivatus, past participle of cultivare “to cultivate,” from Late Latin cultivus “tilled,” from Latin cultus (related to: cult). Figurative sense of “improve by training or education” is from the 1680s.
Cult (n.): 1610s, “worship,” also “a particular form of worship,” from French culte (17th century), from Latin cultus “care, labor; cultivation, culture; worship, reference,” originally “tended, cultivated,” past participle of colore “to till” (related to: colony). Rare after 17th century; revived in mid-19th century with reference to ancient or primitive rituals. Meaning “devotion to a person or a thing” is from 1829.
“Business is personal and Relationships do matter.”
Morag Barrett (senior executive coach, speaker, trainer, and the author of “Cultivate: The Power of Winning Relationships”)
“We do not have to be ashamed of what we are. As sentient beings we have wonderful backgrounds. These backgrounds may not be particularly enlightened or peaceful or intelligent. Nevertheless, we have soil good enough to cultivate; we can plant anything in it.”
Chögyam Trungpa (Tibetan Buddhist monk, teacher, meditation master, founder of the global Shambhala network, and author of “Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism”)
“Positive health means becoming whole-heartedly engaged with our own health care. It means not outsourcing our health to the health care system. It means getting rid of the fear and paralysis we too often feel, and instead cultivating a sense of agency.”
Jane McGonigal (b. 1977, game designer and author who advocates for the use of technology to channel collaboration)
“Cultivate your craft. Water it daily, pour some tender loving care into it, and watch it grow. Remember that a plant doesn’t sprout immediately. Be patient, and know that in life you will reap what you sow.”
J.B. McGee (teen and young adult author, best known for “Broken” and “Heartfall”)
“We can learn the art of fierce compassion – redefining strength, deconstructing isolation and renewing a sense of community, practicing letting go of rigid us-vs.-them thinking – while cultivating power and clarity in response to difficult situations.”
Sharon Salzberg (b. 1952, Buddhist meditation teacher, NYT bestselling author and founder of Insight Meditation Society)
“Positive health means becoming whole-heartedly engaged with our own health care. It means not outsourcing our health to the health care system. It means getting rid of the fear and paralysis we too often feel, and instead cultivating a sense of agency.” — Jane McGonigal
How can we cultivate “a sense of agency” when it comes to our wellbeing? The answer is simple and comprehensive. We should form healthful relationships on every possible level, with ourselves, with our love ones, in our workplaces, in our communities, with environment, and collectively.
Those relationships outside of ourselves can be simple, only if we have clear and authentic relationships with ourselves. But, this entails being completely honest with all that we feel and to listen intently to our bodies, because our bodies will never ever lie to us. Our bodies, which has complex multi-dimensional systems of knowledge, will tell us when all is working harmoniously, and will shout at us in pain when it is not.
Have you ever had something wrong with part of your body and before going to the doctor you could sense intuitively what was wrong and what was needed? Competent medical professionals can provide the confirmation and the remedies to resolve the situation we cannot solve by ourselves.
Cultivating agency is paying attention to our physical, emotional, and intuitive indicators. It is not about sticking our heads in the sand and ignoring any of our signs.
Be well, sojourners, and stay in awe of life wondrous possibilities!
Miraculously Yours, Tonya