Monday, August 18, 2008

Garden as Sacred Space

For me- and many- the garden is a sacred place- a place for meditation and ritual. A church, if you like. I know no better way to connect to the Divine that to work in my garden- or just walk in the garden- opening my senses and connecting with all that it around me.

When I am planning a garden space- and I am planning a new area with terrace beds and a sitting area by the barn- I like to think about a few important things:
*How will the space be used? Alone or with people? In the daytime or the evening?
*How much sun does the space get a day?
*What are the energies of the area? Spend time there and listen with both your ears and your heart.
*What do you want from the plants? Fragrance? Flowers? Shade?

It's raining and cool here today, so after a cup of coffee, I'm going out to cut down a few trees. Not something I usually do, but I have decided that a few trees need to go so that the veggie garden gets some much needed sun.


momto5 said...

there is that lovely picture again! love it! and i like the book element. those look really great. must go to the library now and see if i can find any!
as to what you said... so true. i am finding that when i can eek out a few moments in teh garden i feel so much better spiritually.

Diane said...

Hi, H!

You mentioned the rainbow flower picture so I had to go look for it. :) It's a favorite garden picture.

The book list idea came from your blog. I love your book lists, so I wanted to add some too.

Wild energy flying around these days- I think I need to spend more time in the peace and quiet of the garden. Peace to you!

Greenlee's Forest said...

May your sacred spaces hold and keep you during this wild fall energy! :)

momto5 said...

the Gods and Goddess book looks really good. do you have all of those books?
I recently got a book "Gardening at the Dragon's Gate" by Wendy Johnson. I haven't started it yet, but it looks really great.