Say It

Sometimes Mondays

. . . look like a mirror.

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"Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed."
                                                                         --- Indira Davi

 

 


Instrument of Grace

"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.  Gardening is an instrument of grace."
                                                                        --- May Sarton

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Gardening is so easy in the spring.  Everything is exploding into green and foliage and colorful blooms.  It's exciting and fresh and new . . . everywhere you look.

In the fall, it's a bit harder.  Enthusiasm wanes.  The garden is tired, dying back, preparing for the dormant season.

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I love my bedraggled, heading-into-dormancy late summer garden, though.  It has a skeletal beauty that can only come from age and wisdom.  Successful young flowers turn into future-thinking seedheads.  Dead stalks shelter overwintering insects.  Spent foliage and grasses become cover for birds and rabbits and other woodland creatures.

Slow circles of nature.

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A garden . . . as an instrument of grace.

 


Late Summer in the Garden

"A late summer garden has a tranquility found no other time of year."
                            ----- William F. Longgood

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I saw the quote above the other day, and it made me smile.  Because truth!  By this time in the gardening season, things are ... what they are.

Things worked.
Or they didn't.
Most flowers have bloomed.
But not all of them.
Explosive growth has slowed.
The butterflies are everywhere.
Weeds will be weeds.
Always.
And everything is on clearance at the nursery!

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This is the time of year that my garden looks it's raggedy-ist.  It's still lovely, I know.  But there's a raggedy quality to it now.  And that raggedy-ness brings a tranquility that is liberating for me.  It allows me to . . . step back.  

Enjoy what's left of the season.  
Not worry so much about what needs doing.  
Let things go!
Just sit on the patio and sip . . . something.

I'm coming to terms . . . with the reality that summer is winding down.  (I might not like it, but I can deal with it.)  As always, my garden helps me weather the changes in the seasons.
 


Out in the Garden

"When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden."
                                    --- Minnie Aumonier

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I hope you have some time to dig in the dirt (or whatever your soul-filling equivalent may be) this weekend.

See you Monday!


Shine Like the Sun

"I am Summer, come to lure you away from your computer... come dance on my fresh grass, dig your toes into my beaches."      ~Oriana Green

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It is the summer solstice . . . the longest day of the year.  Celebrate the sun today.

  1. Get outside and bask in the light.  Take a walk.  Maybe plant something.
  2. Reflect on the year at its mid-point.  Where have you been?  Where do you want to go?
  3. Look for the good in your life, and give thanks.  Shine like the sun.

Happy summer solstice!

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Be sure to visit Carole and check out other Three on Thursday posts today.


Flowers are Magical

"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful.  They are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul."
                                                                                                    --- Luther Burbank

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Now that SPRING has decided to show up around here (thank you!), I'm scrambling out in the garden.  There is so much to do out there . . . that sometimes I just spin around, not knowing where to begin.

But then I just begin.

Clipping and pulling and raking and digging.  (And sometimes shaking my head . . . as in where did that come from???)

After three big days in the garden . . . my nails are crap, my arms are totally scratched up, and my back is tired.

BUT.  I'm also better, happier, and more helpful!

Flowers are magical -- and gardens, indeed, are medicine for the soul.


Fresh Beginning

"For last year's words belong to last year's language.  And next year's words await another voice.  And to make an end is to make a beginning."
                                                                                            --- T.S. Eliot

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I always love January 1.  
Fresh beginnings.
Fresh intentions.
Fresh words.
Fresh direction.

Who knows where this fresh new year will lead.

Let's step out . . . 
and see where it takes us!

Happy New Year!

 

 

 


Connect

"Whether we and our politicians know it or not,
Nature is party to all our deals and decisions,
and she has more votes, a longer memory,
and a sterner sense of justice than we do."
                            --- Wendell Berry

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Get outside, my friends.  

Find a path and follow it.  Spend some time in a garden.  Look up at the sky.  Breathe the fresh air.  Listen to the water.  

Connect with your environment.