The Summer Solstice: A Garden’s Path

 

 

I invite you to take a walk with me in the garden today…

 

I have a few questions for you and I as we wander through. Can we sit a bit and simply be …here?  I ask?

Is it possible for us in this day and age to step away from the scientific long enough and simply sit in our garden?

Can we let the essence of nature seep into our hearts and even our bones again?

Not that long ago plants and their flowers held a magic and mystery for us. In the right hands, plants offered relief and healing… and something more…

We are connected to the value and the beauty of this world beneath our feet. Doug Tallamy reminds us:  ” Biodiversity sustains our environment. We don’t have to like wildlife but we need them.” He goes on to say that we are 2 generations divorced from nature. And that we are in an extinction crisis  as we have removed 50% of all plants on the planet. We need to put back our most productive and diverse plants. For example an oak tree, Quercus, sp, can support 500+ species. A tulip tree on 20+. Also 4,252 species are on the brink of extinction. These species are a non renewable resource.

So the question is what are we replanting our land  with? Can we reclaim our connection to the very nature we’ve tossed aside in the rush for having ” the perfect lawn, the prettiest yard with non native trees.”  Many of our exotic plants cannot feed the species that live here.

What is the value of nature around us to us and our families?   

I invite you to stop a minute, go outside and take a walk in your yard or garden and simply sit. What do you ask of nature? Is it gimme ( vegetables, fruits, flowers)?which is wonderful but how would you describe your relationship to that land?  What do we receive beyond the obvious gifts? Can you rethink a yard space and plant a higher diverse species? Send me your thoughts I would love to hear them.

The Summer Solstice is upon us.

So many wonderful, beautiful opportunities are here before us in this crisis. Which path will you take today? It is a time to be grateful for the  spring and her beauty and grace. Summer brings more blossoms and more bounty. I invite you to stop a moment or two. What in nature touches you? What is nature moves you? How can you deepen your relationship and  respect for the intelligence in nature? If you are concerned about the sterilization of our land and the peril many species face then I ask you what one “sustainable” action can you take today  for your land?

Giving thanks for all of you and all that you are. Judith

Winter Leaves and Spring Arrives

 

 

Winter ends this coming week. Spring begins. The wheel of life follows this rhythm of nature. The Equinox is upon us, equal day and equal night, once again.  For me the equinox heralds a new year.  Tension builds as winter wanes. Breezes capture a southerly warmth. Birds give birth and share their morning melodies a tribute to a new day. We start our gardens taking out the first tender shoots  placing them gently in the ground.

What have been the gifts of your winter? I like to look back and reflect on the inner growth, the quiet times I experienced when nature goes dormant. We’ve had a mild winter at least most of us here on the east coast have and for that I am grateful. Spring in all her beauty descends upon our land. What gifts will she bring? I offer my prayers for both seasons. With a pinch of tobacco or cornmeal I offer thanks for the blessings of winter past, and a pinch for spring’s gifts to come. I offer prayers for all of you too, that your hopes and your best dreams for spring come true. Happy Spring! Judith

Attitude of Gratitude

 

I took a walk today into a wildlife preserve nearby. A woodpecker dashed between trees while the wind played through the remaining oak leaves, softly, much like a soft shoe dance. Though winter was quiet today and most trees empty and bare I felt gratitude. The rustle of dry, browned, withered leaves reminded me of the beauty that’s here though winter lays the land quiet. My Native American elder friends would often remind us to do everything with an attitude of gratitude…Caroline Myss reminds us that every thought, word, and deed carries our name into infinity….so today I would like to end this month of January with gratitude. A reminder for me and a reminder for you….may the gratitude we feel for our precious life and all we share sail up to the moon and reach beyond the stars. Enjoy, Judith

Garden of Flowers by Kabir: A Meditation

Kabir ( c. 1398-1518)

GARDEN OF FLOWERS

Do not go to the garden of flowers!
O friend! go not there;
In your body is the garden of flowers.
Take your seat on the thousand petals
of the lotus, and there gaze
on the infinite beauty.

translated by Rabindranath Tagore,

Songs of Kabir (2002 Edition)

Winter Solstice: A Meditation

 

In many traditions on our North American continent the North begins with winter.

Today marks the beginning of winter, the solstice, the longest night and the shortest day. There is a story that Grandfather Sun returns home from his journey away from Grandmother Moon. When this day ends the daylight gets gradually longer till daylight peaks on the summer solstice.

The North marks the wisdom time, the place of our ancestors. It is also a time of quiet. We all feel it on some level, right? The cold and snow force us inside; early nights have us quieting sooner. Fireplaces burn brightly, books are read while the forest fragrance of pine and wood smoke lingers in the background. Our dreams stir like the energy held deep in the roots of the dormant plants enticing us to imagine all those beauties we want to tend again. To those of us who garden new seed catalogs arrive giving us time to browse, plot, and plan for spring’s return and our return to planting.

The winter is also a time of mending and storytelling. Stories are the threads that keep one’s history alive.

Meditation: I ask you this day to step outside and take a quiet walk. Where ever you live, whatever the landscape, breathe deeply. Think about an intention for this new season. What time can you set aside for contemplation? What stories can you listen to with new ears? What stories do you need to be retold? What elder could you spend a bit more time with, patiently listening to the same tale but with reverence this time? What can you do to listen to your deeper self with reverence knowing the Divine is within you? Walk with this slow quiet purpose. Believe these intentions are like roots for the coming year. They will gather and tend the minerals, the amazing energy of potentials and growth. When done simply give thanks for the harvests of autumn in your life and gratitude for all that is stirring within this winter season.

I send Love and Blessings to you this Winter Solstice time.