Yesterday the sky was a leaden gray, with rain swollen clouds folding in on themselves. Like a gray meringue ceiling, shifting in long, slow waves, its undulating motion reminded me of the way our gardens constantly evolve, a quiet dynamism, unceasing. Always growing...
Ted's Stream Garden
Down here, on terra firma, we sometimes forget that we live among a swirling world of energy clothed within the forms of plants, stones, water and soil.
That is a shame because then we forget what a magical place the earth is and how we all share in its bounty. To elevate our awareness of this wondrous blue / green planet we can go to our gardens and ‘remember’ and reconnect with the source of all there is.
Alfred Savinelli eloquently writes about this in his fascinating book, ‘Plants of Power: Native American Ceremony and the Use of Sacred Plants"’:
“To bring our lives back into alignment with the cosmos, to reconnect with the source that deeply feeds us, to remember that life is but a dream and we are, collectively, its dreamers, requires vigilance. We must keep remembering.”
- Native Americans and aborigines use ritual to remember their connection to the plant spirits and sky gods.
- Churches and temples conduct ceremonies and prescribed rites to remember transcendent stories and events.
- Buddhists and monasteries use chants and meditation to illuminate the unseen world around them.
So through careful selection and judicious placement of walks, plants, water, rocks and features you can create a garden space that helps you and your visitors to remember...a place where all who enter can quiet their inner energy and see our mother earth a little differently.
A garden designed with intent and knowledge can “remake ordinary time and space into sacred time and space” (Savinelli p.6).
It is here, amongst pathways, pools of water and thriving plants, that we can take a break from our everyday life and feel the aliveness and energy of this ‘dream’ that we all share.
Marc's amazing Roses
Once we become attuned to this energetic world we understand how a serenity garden is a place of refuge where ordinary time and space is elastic. It harkens the solace of Nature and offers a chance to experience the 'stop time' moment.
As Lily Tomlin said, 'For fast acting relief, slow down'.