Gardening to me... is a Form of Natural Meditation.
Whether we realise it or not, we are connecting Within... and naturally moving into a beautiful meditative space Within and Breathing with Nature's Essence. We are weaving and creating and tending to the Garden's Spirit..we are working with nature and our Inner Nature ...and in that special relationship we can become deeply peaceful, joyful and even infused with harmony.
When I am in my garden, I take much joy in it...every bit of it. I love to work with nature's body and care for the plants I have added..and also the one's that the land has chosen and decided should be there..I like to work in harmony with nature and honor the space. I think of Gardening as a co-creative act with honor and respect for the space, the land and creatures...
Gardening is Beyond Time and Space...
we shift within that magical veil
and are never the same...
where does time go when we garden?
It seems to vanish..
and yet we bloom like the flowers
when we get caught up
in the beauty of creating!
I think all gardens are natural portals?
do you? haha!
They seem to swallow us up for a time..
then let us go when divine.
I always come back from gardening..
feeling recharged and in harmony..and joyful!
A garden can do all that!
When we garden...time can shift and even bend...
We may not even know how much time has passed or where we have gone in the meantime...we are just so focussed and in "deep connection".. that we are ONE with the garden.
While we garden beautiful things happen to our body, mind and spirit...it can change us, evoke new energy and bring us to life and also bring healing qualities to us....we also can symbolically align with the healing metaphors of gardening..and look at our life at the time..and see how the garden /how nature in general is speaking to us.
Gardening is transformative!
We are participating in the Sacred Space of Nature..and as we become emersed in this act of creating ... a meditative state naturally begins to take over. For me gardening is meditation on all levels...it invokes balance and healing and new energy. I also see it as a Powerful Metaphor....a Universal Meditation of taking care of the earth...and honoring that space.
If you find gardening brings you calm, peace and harmony....wonderful!
Even the Garden is
Iris in Prayer Pose..
On the verge of Bloom..
How powerful is that!
But like the Iris in Prayer Pose..it is the most exciting moment..it is about to finally open all of it's beauty to the sun and sky..free and fully awake..
I love the prayer pose stage even more than the bloom...but that's me..I love the journey..it is not always the destination right?
So every flower is a meditation..
every leaf...plant..bug ..weed....
all is purposeful and valuable..
all wonderful meditations you spend time with.
Simply looking and gazing at your garden and just absorbing it's beauty...is highly meditative.
Creating a space for meditation is also wonderful too.
Here is a recent Stone Table I created made with left over old patio stone pieces..a great way to never waste anything left on the property.
The legs of the table are not that attractive.. but perhaps some Magical Moss growing over to cover it will be perfect.....for now..it is great way to make use and recycle these old pieces.
You can create magical structure with anything..it could be a small bench.. a pedestal for a planter or statue..a table...or a stone chair..it seats me perfectly..
It was also quite meditative building this..Have you created any special areas in your garden?
This is perfect for an outdoor Sitting Space , Meditation Corner , Nature Altar , A Stone Table for earth magic , nature festivities...prayer corner..whatever you like..
For now this isa tribute to stones..
This large flagstone slab..is pretty big...and is super- heavy
.....and needed something just as strong to support it for now..
maybe I'll find something nicer later for a base....
For now...it is the Perfect timing
for Midsummer/ Summer Solstice coming up
and it will make a great Dedication Space to work on..
The Whole experience of gardening to me is a meditative experience
..we are tapping into a sacred ancient space within
and creating with the forces of Nature
I love gardening as meditation!
Awake with Charm and Spirit
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