Tonight as I spend some time alone at home, I decided to sketch my own face on a bond paper using a pencil and this is what I did in the dimly lit room….
I like being with the flowers. They are a symbol of life, beauty, truth, and goodness. They are a divine co-creation between the sun, the earth, the water, and the love of a gardener.
When my friends ask me what I did on the weekend and I tell them that I went to a garden, they look at me funny and ask me why? or what did you do there? or what’s there? It is because I like being with the flowers, I say.
When you walk in to a garden and you start seeing the vibrant greens and array of colors, you start to feel good about life. The air is crisp where nature lies (man made or not)–the quality of the air is noticeably better where the trees are than the air we breathe in industrial areas.
That is why it’s easier to achieve mental clarity in the forests and in the garden…and that is why many people do their pilgrimage in the mountains where there is vastness of beauty to seek truth from.
CLEAN AIR = MENTAL CLARITY
For me, personally, what it does is that it allows me to see that apart from the things that I think about in my daily routine (the good and the bad, my work, other people’s work, the doubting, the jealousy, love, the longing for more, the longing for truth in my life, food, lust, etc.), there is beauty and healing that is happening in this wonderful patch of land and I am reminded where we all came from: truth, beauty, goodness, and divinity just like the flowers. And if I came from that, I am not an illusion, my thoughts are the illusion.
Witnessing the abundance of life and unfolding of beauty in the garden reboots the brain and floods it with euphoria–and this sends a message of healing to our body and our soul. (And if you ever think about ingesting the herbs and flowers, do your research first because that’s a completely different journey.)
I leave the garden with renewed feelings for my life, content, and ambitious to do good.
Spring symbolizes rebirth. What are you birthing this year?
PS. If you live in Southwestern Los Angeles County, visit my favorite garden: South Coast Botanic Garden. There is a contribution of $8.00 for an adult and $3.00 for a child.