Hand In Hand With Nature

28 Feb

Photography by Gracie – © All rights reserved

Healing Gardens

Time spent in nature’s embrace is a soothing reminder of the fact that we also are products of the natural world’s ingenuity. We feel at home in a quiet forest and are comforted by the pounding surf of the seaside. In both the sunny meadow and the shaded waterfall’s grotto, stress and tension we have long retained melts away. Finding opportunities to reconnect with nature to enjoy its healing benefits can be difficult, however. Planting and tending a garden allows us to spend time with Mother Nature in a very personal and hands-on way. We work in tandem with nature while gardening-honoring the seasons, participating in the life cycle of various organisms, experiencing the unique biorhythms of our environments, and transcending all that divides us from the natural world. As we interact with the soil, we are free to be ourselves and reflect upon meditative topics. Fresh air invigorates us, while our visceral connection to the earth grounds us.

Though you may plant a garden to grow food or herbs, or for the pleasure of seeing fresh flowers in bloom, you will likely discover that the time you spend working in your plot feels somehow more significant than many of the seemingly more important tasks you perform each day. Whether your garden can be measured in feet or is a collection of plants in pots, tending it can be a highly spiritual experience. You, by necessity, develop a closer relationship with the soil, seeds, water, and sunlight. Nurturing just a single plant means cultivating a deeper understanding of the mechanisms that permit it to thrive. A true healing garden is simply one where you feel comfortable plunging your hands into the earth, lingering over seedlings and plants to observe their growth. And yes, even caressing and talking to plants. Creating beauty through the creative use of space, and giving yourself over to awe when you realize that you have worked hand in hand with nature to give birth to something, is truly wonderful.

The partnership that is formed when you collaborate with Mother Nature through gardening is wonderful in that it provides you with so many opportunities to be outdoors. You will be reminded of not only your connection to the earth but also of your unique gifts that allow you to give back to the earth.

Daily OM


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5 responses to “Hand In Hand With Nature

  1. dragonmommie

    February 28, 2007 at 11:28 pm

    Right now my garden is my kitchen window sill. First year here, we got a little strip of the backyard to plant veggies and herbs. I love gigantic sunflowers as well, but didn’t plant them here. 2005 and 2006, I was too overwhelmed by the birth of my son to focus on a garden, but DH stood in for me and did a great job. This year, I am looking forward to getting back into it. I want so much to include my son, but all the cats and certain dogs are always defecating back there and I will not have him by himself on the property. Real sad, that is. Anyway, I will find the time.

    Meanwhile, I have plants in pots in the summer on the back porch. I’ll never forget the time I realized that jade plants propagate through their leaves. A leaf had broken off my big plant and I was going to throw it away, but thoughtlessly left it on the table… and believe it or not, on the table it stayed long enough to sprout a tiny root and even two little leaves. when I saw that I almost fell on the floor. Then I intentionally plucked off a few leaves to try it out and sure enough, in a bit, I had quite a few babies to give away to people when they visited. Next surprise was rooting rosemary bushes in water! That was just this past fall. Amazing.

  2. dragonmommie

    February 28, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    Oh, forgot to add that I really DO feel a oneness with nature when I get my hands and fingers into the soil. I never use gloves because i love that connection.

  3. blessed

    March 3, 2007 at 6:13 am

    There is a fungus among us! This feller needs some coffee. Although of litttle nutritional value coffee may stimulate – Something. Will continue eating my hard-boiled eggs for breakfast and cooked carrots for lunch – high VALUE foods. Yawn to the bandwagon effect – the saga of ethical impropriety. This reminds me of the yawns at a recent meeting – thought a fungus was brewing there and sure enough. Smile – do things the right way. Not angry – not my nature – very disappointed.

  4. Gracie

    March 3, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    DragonMommie -Many of us are faced with limited space so getting in touch organically can be rather difficult, to say the least. I always feel so differently after visiting the country for the day surrounded by trees, water and animals, the sounds alone are worth the travel. I’m looking forward this year to a larger bit of garden space. Hopefully it will produce.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and adding your voice. It’s nice to hear from you again.

    blessed – I guess the article was rather boring to you which I can understand. I’m always open for suggestions so feel free to add your voice anytime. It’s nice to have you here.

  5. blessed

    March 3, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    You have never presented anything boring. Thank you for the beauty of presentation -it is easy to get caught in the beauty. Mother Nature is never disappointing. Human nature, if cultivated is wonderful too. It is much better to love and laugh with instead of at another. Hope your visitors – are visiting for you instead of me. Quite likely they are.


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