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Garden work can restore spiritual balance

6:22 PM, Sep. 11, 2013  |  Comments
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A few years ago, I went through a period of feeling anxious and unsettled. I was not at peace and did not experience harmony within myself. A friend told me, "You need to work in the garden."

At the time, this made no sense to me. I didn't take his advice. I suffered awhile and eventually, as life usually shows us, I got back on track and became my former usually peaceful self, one with the Holy Spirit of God within me.

Since that time, I've taken gardening much more seriously as a hobby. My gardening is primarily that of flowers, but I also plant some vegetables. I pay attention to my containers, my perennial garden and my annuals. I enjoy a few tomato plants, and this year some kale. I have found that pulling weeds, dead-heading various plants, watering and caring for the plants instills in me a sense of calm. I often think of the advice given me years ago, and now I understand.

Our spiritual lives need cultivation. When we examine the garden of our soul, we can identify quite readily the weeds that need pulling. We might be the type who worries needlessly; pull that tendency out, though, as hearty weeds tend to do, it may grow back.

Perhaps our spiritual garden is choked by the weeds of too much busyness; slow down and take the time to meditate. A showy weed might compete with flowers that are less likely to reveal their beauty; our lives are filled with distractions encouraging a false sense of beauty that appears outwardly but not inwardly.

The weeds that choke out our spiritual life are many; perhaps the best that we can do is to spend some time tending our spiritual garden so that harmony and peace are restored. We can learn how through the act of gardening.

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