Sunday, October 20, 2013

I Shall Plant a Garden

These thoughts are based on the following: “I Shall Plant a Garden” By Michele D Martin I shall plant a garden where once I let a jungle grow heavy with seeds of careless thoughts. Its vines were heavy with ignorance and twisted in confusion, leaving shadows blind to the knowing warmth of the sun. And in the flowerbox of my memory, where the weeds once grew wild and harsh with nettles, I shall plant purple flowers of forgiveness, graceful with pliant stems of compassion and gentle blooms of understanding. I shall lie among them on weary days and drink deeply of the comfort and strength of their fragrance. I shall plant a garden with loving furrows of commitment. I shall cultivate and weed carefully among the produce of my purpose, the sweet fruit of my inspiration begging to be served, so that it may blossom and grow again. And here, in the fertile ground of my heart, with roots grow deep to drink the sacred water of my soul, I shall plant flowers – buds eternally blooming with the whisper of love grown to a song when my vision falls upon them – petals of the softest caress, profuse with the gentle care lavished upon them. I shall plant a garden. In the rich and fertile fields of my mind, in the holy soil of my heart, fed from the spring of my soul, I shall plant a garden of beauty, fertilized with love and cultivated with commitment. I shall plant a garden under the knowing warmth of Spirit. **************************************************************************** I shall plant a garden where once I let a jungle grow heavy with seeds of careless thoughts. As human beings we all grow up with so many influences. Children absorb everything that is spoken and unspoken around them. From their families, siblings, neighbours, teachers – everyone. We form protective layers – this jungle. We see ourselves on a purely physical basis and the limitations that extend from that limited thinking. It happens innocently – it happens to everyone In this jungle….Its vines were heavy with ignorance and twisted in confusion, leaving shadows blind to the knowing warmth of the sun. We may have been confused and experiencing the shadows and we know that there are no shadows without the sun. The sun that is always present even when we can’t see it or feel its warmth. This knowing is the key to everything. That thread of hope that there is something bigger than what we see in any one moment at work, in our lives and in the entire universe. This is the starting place – our first Unity principle. There is one presence and one power. From that place we access the strength that gets us through the tough times, we access the inspiration and the ideas that propel us forward. We are supplied with the peace. And in the flowerbox of my memory, where the weeds once grew wild and harsh with nettles, I shall plant purple flowers of forgiveness, graceful with pliant stems of compassion and gentle blooms of understanding. We can choose to plant something else. And we can do this with compassion and understanding. We an do it without blaming ourselves or others. We can do it with forgiveness – what a gift we can give ourselves. Forgiveness is not saying it was OK, not saying it wasn’t bad, not saying to forget. Not waiting for the other person to say they are sorry. Forgiveness is the letting go that frees us – we are not dependent on anyone else to move through the hurts of the past and plant a new life. I shall lie among them on weary days and drink deeply of the comfort and strength of their fragrance. We do have days that feel weary and heavy. We never know what is going on in the lives of those around us. What’s on their minds and hearts, we don’t need to know the details if we can just keep in mind that everyone is or has been at some time heavy hearted. I shall plant a garden with loving furrows of commitment. I shall cultivate and weed carefully among the produce of my purpose, the sweet fruit of my inspiration begging to be served, so that it may blossom and grow again. There are 2 key words: Commitment and Service. Commitment to taking the steps to do our own spiritual work. To let go of what is keeping us stuck, to have a spiritual practice of meditation or study. And to use our spiritual gifts in the service to others. And here, in the fertile ground of my heart, with roots grow deep to drink the sacred water of my soul, I shall plant flowers – buds eternally blooming with the whisper of love grown to a song when my vision falls upon them – petals of the softest caress, profuse with the gentle care lavished upon them. What is we want to plant in our garden? What is it we want to experience in our lives? Peace? Inspiration? Joy? Start planting it now in your mind and heart, in your words and actions. I shall plant a garden. In the rich and fertile fields of my mind, in the holy soil of my heart, fed from the spring of my soul, I shall plant a garden of beauty, fertilized with love and cultivated with commitment. I shall plant a garden under the knowing warmth of Spirit.