Meditations in the Garden is the zen-like experience of spending time in a garden. Today we explore what it means to create a calm space.
It is a gloomy, damp day. A day where the mud is thick and the weeds are never-ending. A quick peak out the window, my eyes can’t help but fall on the rapid growth of weeds that seem to thrive in these months. Is there ever a month without them? Or even a day?
It hardly seems so. I grabbed my boots and made my way out back to pluck a few while the sun popped out. It is deeply satisfying to pluck the entire roots up from the softened soil. As I filled my pail I took a glance around. This place ain’t half bad. Not two years ago it was a patchy yard with only weeds and a soil that was rock hard. Now it is filling in with lovely plants that the weeds now have to compete with. I have been told that eventually these plants will take over and the weeds will be drowned out. A thought I can only dream about now.
On hot summer days the garden can be an unforgiving and brutal place to be.
Equally so, in the coldest parts of winter, it is a barren, muddy piece of land that is too cold to be for any real length of time. However, when the weather is between these two extremes, it is a place of magic. The work done here somehow allows the mind to flow more freely. It is true, I do my best thinking here. Often, I enter the house from the garden only to head straight to my computer to write out my thoughts.
I yanked the weeds from the wet earth thinking ahead of what this space will be like. What it is already becoming and recalled what it once was. Building anything requires a combination of determination and grace. Realizing I am only halfway there. Having only the determination. Presently the grace side of things seems to evade me.
Creating A Calm Space
The garden is a space all its own. On many days it seems bursting with production. Days when you are most proud and stand back in awe of the reward from the workload. But on these rain-filled days, the garden only serves as a place to get lost while weeding. A practical and meditative experience in one.
I wonder how I had lived a life without having such a silent place to retreat. A place to get lost in and fully feel life. The dirt underfoot, the smell of the earth. It is a place for all the senses.
However, the silence is what is most appealing to me. Only to be broken by infrequent chirps from birds. Their song is a welcomed sound. It is here I long for life. For my dreams, my intentions, and where I can allow beautiful thoughts to take hold. The meditation in the garden is a recharge for the mind and soul.
An alive space that allows the toil of our hands to take over. Allowing our minds to temporarily be freed from daily obligations. Even if just for a few moments. These are the meditations in the garden.
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