I enjoy reading other bloggers and NOT all of them write about gardening. Shocking, I know, but I do have a few other interests! Hubby may disagree while his eyes glaze over listening to me yammer on and on about plants, but it’s true. One blog I’ve subscribed to for a really long time is Madisyn Taylor’s DailyOM. It’s always timely and so insightful.
I first heard about DailyOM from my yoga teacher while regularly attending classes after a knee injury. See, I told ya! I DO have other interests besides plants. Yoga is one! Yoga stretching was very helpful while trying to get full mobility back after knee surgery. It’s also very helpful before working in the yard to prevent injuries. Anyhow, the instructor would often read DailyOM’s to us in yoga class.
Well, guess what? A recent DailyOM article was about gardens. Go figure!
In her April 27, 2015 article entitled Creating a Garden Sanctuary A Refuge of Your Own, Madisyn wrote the article below. Instead of trying to paraphrase her, I thought I would just share it in full, but I did take the liberty of underlining several points in bold that really stood out for me personally. In fact, it almost feels like she wrote the whole darn thing specifically for me. Thank you Madisyn!
If you have time, you can check out more from Madisyn at her website www.dailyom.com or click this link DailyOM. Enjoy!
April 27, 2015 Creating a Garden Sanctuary A Refuge of Your Own by Madisyn Taylor
A personal outdoor sanctuary is an important part of feeling connected to all of life.
Each of us has been blessed with an innate need to celebrate and glorify life. At a most basic level, we honor the forces that came together to bring us into being by caring for our bodies and our souls. To truly rejoice in existence, we must also learn to cultivate loveliness in those special places that replenish the soul.
When we create a garden sanctuary, we are reminded that we are a part of both nature’s essence and something more. An outdoor retreat is a place we can surround ourselves in nature, beauty, and the life force. It is not difficult to create a sanctuary—we should endeavor, however, to create sanctuaries that speak to us as individuals.
Whether we have a yard, a grassy corner, a patio, or a porch at our disposal, our creative potential is infinite. Any of these spaces can become a magnificent garden. When we feel drawn to specific themes such as Zen, angels, paradise, or the ethereal, we should explore them.
Décor and furniture crafted from natural materials like wood and stone blend seamlessly into nature. Yet we can also augment the natural world by filling our garden sanctuaries with statues, bells or gongs, or colorful flags. Running water, like that in a created stream or fountain, helps energy flow smoothly. If space is a concern, crystals and mirrors can fulfill the same function. Hidden features like concealed swings and reflecting pools veiled in shadow can surprise and delight.
As your garden sanctuary evolves, remember to invite the elemental spirits of nature to assist you in your efforts to create a small pocket of harmony, beauty, and peace in your own backyard. If you have not already felt their presence, sit quietly in your garden and reach out to them. You will feel these earthly guides at your side as you continue to develop your sanctuary.
In the refuge of brilliant color, sweet scents, and stillness you create in your garden, the burdens imposed upon you by a sometimes hectic world will melt away. The splendor and tranquility of what you have brought into being will entrance you, allowing you to forget the constraints of time and space.
No matter how large or small your garden sanctuary, the time you spend reveling in its pleasures will refresh your spirit and provide you with innumerable opportunities to celebrate life.
Legal Schmegal blah, blah, blah: This is not a paid endorsement. I just happen to like DailyOM and Madisyn’s wisdom and insight. Hope you do, too. 🙂