Just Stopping For a Moment
What if taking a moment to do nothing opens you to the infinite? Maybe it opens us to more possibilities, more creativity, and de-fatigues our overworked brains? And what better place to take a resting moment than in the garden or your favorite nature spot?
Even as a gardener it is sometimes hard for me to put down the trowel and just stop and forget all chores for a bit. Forget all planning and improvement projects, to-do lists and analysis of all kinds. Just for a few moments if that’s all you can manage, just listening, sensing, being … as my favorite meditation mentor says.
Create a Sacred Space
You might like to create a little sacred space for yourself for these moments–whatever that looks like for you.
- Give your body a place to be supported. Even in a tiny garden there will usually be space for a small chair, or a rug with a cushion from the house to sit on. If there is more space, perhaps a bench or a larger lounge seat. It’s nice if you can make it reasonably comfortable, so that you can actually relax.
- Define your sacred zone, if you like. Maybe you decide to keep this space only for this restful purpose, and it builds a charge of your own intention? Then, every time you go there, it’s a little easier to just fall right into a restful, inward space. Defining your space can be really basic, like the perimeter of a small outdoor rug or stone pavers, or a small nook somewhere bordered by a trellis or shrub. If you are fortunate enough to have a small garden shed or little outbuilding in the garden, a nook inside there will protect from the elements. I like sitting both indoors and outside. However, there is just something for me about the open air and the wind and the birdsong and vast sky that invokes a broader perspective that I have more trouble accessing when I’m indoors.
- Inspire yourself! If certain objects evoke a deep reverence in you, then you might like to include them as a focal point, like some artwork or statuary, stone or fountain for example.
Maybe gaze at the sky and wonder at it. It’s infinite! Drift out of the mind for a bit. Take a nurture break in the sanctuary of being.
Below are a growing collection of posts about creating a garden sanctuary and other posts are just offering you a virtual garden escape, if you need it. I know there have been times in my life where the sight of daffodils got me through a rough day, and this is my way of offering the garden here to you. I hope you like them! Be well.
Take a walk through the early spring garden of the-compulsive-gardener.com in Sonoma County. Early blooming flowers of daffodils, flowering quince and currants, rosemary, grape hyacinth, cerinthe. See how the overwintering vegetables are coming along: leeks, onions, beets, garlic. Hope you enjoy the virtual garden tour!
Create a garden sanctuary with a portable greenhouse pod — great for gardening breaks or outdoor meditation space year-round. Gardening blog from Sonoma County, CA. the-compulsive-gardener.com
An heirloom rose bouquet for Valentine’s Day. Wishing you a peaceful and love-filled day and year!