~Cultivate the Garden Within~…

by Margrett Dawson Wallace
(Pelham, Georgia USA)


~Cultivate the Garden Within~…

Garden. The word itself seems awkward and heavy. Garden. The word actually, originally meant enclosure. I just don’t see gardens that way… as closed off, but I suppose they are, aren’t they?...

When I am in a garden, my heart feels a little less heavy, my thoughts a little more focused, and my soul is definitely smiling. Perhaps there is some innate feeling of safety to be found in a garden, something that only being bound by some sort of enclosure can provide. Like, how newborn babies are bound up in their blankets to make them feel safe and secure, to quiet them. That’s how I feel in a garden, quiet. Quiet, but free. There is a sense of freedom that only a garden can provide. A sense that anything is possible, an almost godlike omniscience when I know every plant intimately.

We, Art/Juanita/Margrett, planted the seedlings with a delicate touch and I watch them daily grow, sometimes hourly. When the first fruit emerges, Art guards it like a child, preparing the plant against unwanted insects, staking the stalk so it won’t break, watering and feeding it and delighting in its daily growth. There are many lessons to be learned in a garden.

You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt. It clears thoughts of mind by breaking down life to its simplest principles. Gardening is therapy, much like cooking is, though it’s not as predictable as cooking. When I am asked about “how and why” I cook the way I do…my answer is simple and the reply is this…I share what my momma told, showed, and shared with me and my sisters…that ‘cooking’ was in the preparation of the food to cook. This is what I see in my friend, Art, when he is preparing the earth’s soil, in preparation to plant the seeds…“Sowing and Reaping” is his/my/our “Harvest from Mother Earth”. Perhaps, that’s where the true joy is to be found, the true lesson – that unexpected outcomes can still be beautiful and worthy.

When you work side by side with people in a garden, you become more than friends of like minds, co-horts, and co-workers. It’s not that a lot of conversation takes place...for Art will not allow it, while we are at work-sowing seeds. Remember, gardens make us quiet – it’s not just me, apparently. It’s the common goal of preserving and growing living things. Now, we have that garden right outside in the back yard to go visit during the day. My meditation with my most high is spent looking, appreciating, respecting, and receiving, the fruits of Art’s passionate labor as Jehovah shows us that “our work is not in vain” as He allows the “Earth to Yield A Harvest”…

~Kind hearts are the gardens, Kind thoughts are the roots, Kind words are the flowers, Kind deeds are the fruits, Take care of your garden, And keep out the weeds, daily and weekly, as Art reminds me and Juanita, that weeding is our 'part' to do...so that it may be, Fill it with sunshine, Kind words and Kind deeds~

…never to live this life again…

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