I took this picture of these flowers while in France. Roses are one of my favorite flowers and I thought it was cool to see roses in bloom in December. The gardener of these grounds keeps them up even through the darkening of winter and the flowers rewarded the gardeners effort. Tending these grounds is an everyday affair and weeding the garden is part of the job. In order for the rose plants to look their best they must be separated by everything that is not a rose-bush. All other growth must be managed so the beauty of the flowers can be showcased and admired.
The gardener knows from experience what the plant needs and responds. I look within myself and see the same thing. The smallness of our lives keep most of us trapped in the grounds of a garden untended. The negative hurtful thoughts that choke off our life force are like weeds running rampant through our gardens. We forget our source because we see and feel nothing but the weeds that are choking us. We have forgotten our source we are so choked by our thoughts and our own looped thinking. We fight over semantics and antique religious beliefs walking in a garden of someone else’s making. Why have we forgotten that we have a living God, are alive in a living body, connected through a living force?
I spent the better part of Sunday and Monday reading the New York Sunday Times. It’s a big newspaper and it takes me a while to go through it. If there was ever a source for a constant reminder of all things bad it would be the front section with the news of the world. As reported there are horrors all over the world, wars and the ravages of war, people suffering and dying. The flu is becoming an epidemic, money is scarce and more people are dying and suffering, in our country and theirs, by our hands and by theirs. Its horrifying!
Awww the maya of the physical world, look around and you will see weeds everywhere and lots of gardeners hard at work. Very few people are weeding their own gardens. Problem with hiring a gardener for your own garden is the awareness that you are now at the mercy of your gardener. Half the time we believe we are tending our gardens and walk around completely unaware of the mess we are walking in. If you grew up within an untended garden it will take a while to recognize a well-tended garden and you may not know your right to have one of your very own.
I move my mind from one stage to another happily weeding my garden.
The is no greater power than being your own gardener and there is no greater risk. Because if your garden refuses to flower there will be nobody to blame but yourself. And often if you have to go the search alone your garden make take a while to manifest and patience must be applied. You must be willing to wait before you pull out plants understanding the depth of the root system that has grown in place. A deep root system allows for a garden to have plants that are hardy and adventuresome. A well-tended garden allows the birth of many new plants and allows for the removal of those not doing so well anymore.
I am one of the lucky people who has seen a lot of life and from both sides of the fence. I am not fooled anymore into believing money is an answer to anything and have learned the hard way that love is the answer but the definition of this kind of love is way bigger than most people can allow. The world garden is a very small place with lots of patches needing renovation. I think now is the time the world over for garden tending and a lot of plants need replacing as they have reached the end of their usefulness. Most of all it is time to garden for yourself.
Be careful as you start tending your own garden. Action is not the first step, awareness is. You must first sit and learn about your garden. Walk through it, see it, feel it, and speak with it. We must measure our own hearts and minds in our gardens. No one can do this work for you. Though most will give away this power to a gardener that seems more knowledgeable and once a gardener is in your garden they will begin weeding and replanting. Do they know what you want and need?
The most awesome aspect of taking over the care of your garden is the individual nature of gardens. No two gardens are ever alike and each garden is a reflection of its owner and its owners beliefs. How many people think orchids are hard to grow and will not even try to grow them? But all any plant needs is correct light food and water, love gives it everything else. Same with anything, give it the correct, light, food and water and love will fill in the rest.
Off to tend my garden while weeding through my thoughts.