Spending time in my garden offers me the opportunity to develop and nurture my spiritual relationship with nature and cultivates a sense of peace and inner well-being.
Tending my garden teaches me quiet lessons and increases my awareness of the deeper meaning in life through the parables nature has to offer; be it gardening of the soil or of the Soul. As I am taken into the depths of my own sacred journey, my love and respect of nature deepens.
As Amma so eloquently stated … “Nature is God made visible.”
When gardening time seems to stand still. Simple things, such as the task to perform daily ‘deadheading’ (which prevents the plant from going to seed and becoming dormant), reminds me of the ‘deadheading’ I have to tend to in my life to keep me from becoming ‘dormant’.
My garden and all of nature, offers comfort in my times of sorrow. It also expands my heart with inexpressible delight as each flower invokes beauty filled with Spirit. A deep sense of satisfaction envelopes me as I harvest the bounty of herbs and vegetables, especially knowing they were all grown organically with love.
It is said, “Inside the gardener is the spirit of the garden outside.”
Albert Schwitzer stated, “The deeper we look into nature, the more we recognize that it is full of life, and the more profoundly we know that all life is a secret and that we are united with all life that is in nature. Man can no longer live his life for himself alone. We realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all this life. From this knowledge comes our spiritual relationship with the universe.”
Our mind is also like a garden and our thoughts are the seeds. Our minds must be carefully tended for we can choose to grow flowers or we can grow weeds; we can choose to grow love and compassion or we can grow fear and anger.
By placing our awareness on the plant or ‘thought’, we realize in order to survive it needs sunlight and water daily, just like the ‘plant’ of spirituality must be nurtured daily. And, as one removes the weeds that would otherwise take the nutrients and light from the flower, so too must we place our awareness on the negative mind chatter, bless and remove these and place our focus on the positive allowing the flower of the Spirit to bloom and bear fruit.