The garden I am a caretaker of – yes, I view myself as the Caretaker of my Garden – gives me a lot of pleasure to work in each day. It is small – only a hundred pots of plants or so.
I like to be able to move the garden around, so if the trees were in the ground, moving them when I want a ‘new’ garden, would be impossible.
As I am gardening, do I feel like I’m ‘deepening my conscious relationship with the creative force of the universe?’
The answer to that is yes I do. I enjoy talking to the plants, asking them how they are doing on that day, checking to see if they are in good health. When I work the soil and displace worms, I always find them a new home.
As I pick the strawberries, I praise them for their beauty, as I bite into them and enjoy their sweetness. The strawberry plants were a gift from a friend, who decided to dig up her entire strawberry garden of over 100 plants.
I kept about 70 for myself, and found a new home for over 30 of them. Then I shared some of my group with another friend, extending the strawberry friendship.
|Co-Creating with Nature|
BY MADISYN TAYLOR
To co-create, we must first begin with a foundation of mutual respect.
Gardens offer us a perfect opportunity to reconnect to our true selves and remember our place in the natural world. Rather than approach our gardens as mere investments of energy, we can look at the entire process of gardening, from planting seeds to harvesting food, as a way of deepening our conscious relationship with the creative force of the universe. If we are willing to shift our intention from dominating, or at least directing nature, to co-creating with nature instead, we may discover a deep peace and renewed sense of wonder.
To co-create we must first begin with a foundation of mutual respect. As you create your garden in partnership with nature, you can respect the earth, water, insects and animals by using organic seeds, soil and fertilizers. You can also communicate with the plants, insects and elements involved in your garden, and create a regular practice of stillness to listen for any messages they may have for you. When it comes time for harvesting fresh vegetables or picking beautiful blooms, you might even ask permission first. If you ask with an open heart, you will always receive an answer.
Imagine what it would be like to surrender certain aspects of your human world to the precision and surety of the natural environment. You might decide, for example, to forego your calendar and plant in rhythm with the cycles of the moon. Or, you might choose to ignore clock time and water your garden when the sun hits a certain position in the sky. By opening your garden experience to more of nature’s input, you can become available to witness a whole universe of miracles, while engendering a greater sense of honor between the two worlds.
When we recognize ourselves as allies, co-creators, with the earth and the natural world, our relationship to our environment begins to change. We no longer feel the need to control the circumstances around us and can relish in the perfection of all that is.