Saturday, 3 September 2011

The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there. ~George Bernard Shaw, The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God, 1932.

I love gardens and I love gardening, but at the moment, my garden is a disgrace. In my defence, my life is filled with a number of meaningful and time consuming activities. Examples of which include; Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (I'm being flippant, I am genuinely busy :).

I think, therefore I Yam.
There was a time however when I loved and cared for my garden and found it to be one of the most rewarding and spiritual learning experiences.

Here are my top five gardening insights that translate perfectly into life;

#1 In the garden, you gain respect for God and for Nature as ultimately you don't make anything grow.

#2 In order for new life to come something has to die, be buried or be pruned.

#3 A weed is a plant that is growing where you want something else to be growing, sucking all the nutrients and just generally getting in the way. Weed your mind as you weed your garden.

#4 You can forget a lot of your own troubles in your garden (i.e. focusing on someone/something else)

#5 Your garden won't look amazing just because you want it to. You won't have any flowers or plants if you don't plant any. You have to sow before you can reap anything.

My intention is to get back into the garden in the immediate future (how promising did that sound?) In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed these pictures from a Vegetable Garden Cake that I made last week. I will leave you with two quotes that I think sum up life quite nicely...

Just living is not enough.  One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.  ~Hans Christian Anderson
People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle.  But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth.  Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize:  a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child - our own two eyes.  All is a miracle.  ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Peace and Love
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