How does YOUR garden grow?

Common wisdom in Colorado says don’t plant your garden until Mother’s Day in May, but the weather has been so warm I decided to take my chances.   The lettuce, spinach, chard and carrots are planted, but I bring the basil in every night because it really doesn’t like the nighttime cold as much as it loves the warm sunshine.

Digging in the dirt, I pondered on what a timeless endeavor this is.

Each plant has a purpose and each space in the garden is coveted for maximum yield. As I worked, I could feel countless generations of women tending plants, nurturing growth and planning how to preserve the bounty through the winter cold.

How is this different from how we live our life?

What is in your life that you tend and water, and how do you allot your precious space? Are weeds growing that need to be purged? Are you blossoming anew?

Timelessness in a garden extends beyond clearing space and nurturing new life; gardens teach us about death as well. As you can see in the photo above, the rosemary, mint, oregano and lavender are still crispy brown with barely a sign of life.

Will they come back? Will I have a new supply of lavender buds to fill sachets? Will the rosemary and oregano once again season my life with savory goodness? Is this the end of mint juleps?

Gardening is a meditation. We seed, plant, hoe, harvest the bounty and leave the rest to die. Death then feeds the new life in spring. Through that process, we acknowledge the Life/Death/Life cycle. This is the natural way of things.

We are better able to strengthen life and to yield to what must die when we tend to it daily.

Gardening helps us become wild again, to again embrace the flow of the seasons and natural rhythms.   Whatever can happen to a garden can happen to your spirit. Our wildness gives us the ability to strengthen life, or stand out of the way to let it die.

Where are you letting your nature flourish? What needs to be planted? What needs to pulled or left to die? How are you moving with rather than against the natural flow of your spirit filled life?

Letting things live and letting things die are important – they are the natural rhythms that we are meant to live and understand.  Yielding to the natural rhythm helps us anticipate the future, and to let fears just be fears and not stop us.

How does YOUR garden grow?

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