Soul Gardening is but one of many names for the work of tending our inner landscapes. Life has a way of throwing expected surprises at us, some more welcome than others. Within a very “busy” Western culture, we experience relentless pressure to perform, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. If this is you, take heart. Soul Gardening is about gently making time and space for ourselves, and our hearts, not taking it away.
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer” Albert Camus
It’s up to each one of us to find something that works. We suggest exploring books, cultural traditions, and daily practices such as quiet contemplation, meditation, yoga, tai chi, and chi gong, singing, dancing, journalling or creating art. The metaphor of a garden for our life can also be useful. We can ask ourselves, where have we let the weeds grow so tall as to choke out the flowers? What do we need to compost from our past, or our present? What are we seeding and planting for our future?
Once we find a way to tend our soul garden each day, life becomes easier to navigate, or at least, easier to view from a balanced, and centred perspective. War and conflict still abound in this world. Let us plant the seeds to end it, by working to cultivate peace within ourselves, one person, one day, one step at a time.