"We must cultivate our own garden."
Some believe that in this age where we are pressed for space and time, gardening is an impracticable luxury. Personally, I find it a need, not a luxury. A need in that it nourishes my soul. Seeding and planting simply bring me JOY. My hands in dirt feels playful, and I love the anticipation of new growth and color, lots of color. I've also found gardens and the act of gardening have a lot to teach us in a spiritual sense.
The following are my top three gardening tips... in a spiritual sense:
Gardening teaches us patience.
Growth and beautiful blooms take time - it's a process. It doesn't just happen overnight. We can't rush it and must allow it to unfold naturally while nurturing it along the way. Nurturing in terms of sun, water, pruning, and fertilizer. It is the same with the human experience. We need patience with ourselves - our personal growth is a process. It doesn't just happen overnight. Self-nurturance, self-compassion, and self-love are mandatory for an open and beautiful heart (garden) bearing fruits of the spirit: joy, peace, harmony, and love. Be gentle and patient with you!
Gardening requires weeding.
Why is it that (mental) weeds (not flowers) seem to grow plentifully and effortlessly? It tends to be human nature to look for the negative or to dwell upon it. This is partly due to the natural "fight or flight" survival mechanism that we all have. It is largely due to the beliefs we hold in our hearts creating those pesky, disturbing thoughts. Having awareness of the negative beliefs that stunt our growth and choke us is the first step to healing. Joy grows as negativity is removed. We weed our thoughts to remove those that hinder growth. Which mental weeds are choking your growth?
Gardens are to be celebrated.
Celebrate new growth and keep tending it so growth can continue, and when it does, you thrive. Remember, there is no such thing as a perfect garden and yes, those darn weeds will continue to pop up - clear them and keep on growing! AND, by all means, do not compare your garden to others. Comparison is the thief of joy. Joy is in your own personal garden - no one else's!
Tend to your spiritual soil - your heart. It is a need, not a luxury.
May you grow in joy, peace, harmony, and love.
Copyright, Denna J. Shelton, 2018
This post originally appeared on Denna’s website: here.