2017 Summer | Earth-Love Newsletter & Blog

June 2017

SPRING BLOOM

Diana, from Northern California, responded to the seed-thoughts of May’s Earth-Love Newsletter:
How does the magic of being in the garden work? What does the Earth do that restores us to ourselves? If it’s a state of being, how do we carry it into our busy lives?
She included photos from her garden to accompany her sharing.

Two nights ago I slept for the first time this year with both windows open, awakening to the delicious sweet sound of bird song mingling with crickets, slipping in like flutes on the warm air. I went in and out of sleep in those early hours, feeling gently cradled by the sounds from the natural world. Such a treasure, the soothing chorus.
When I got up, I realized I needed to get outside quickly before it was too hot to pick some flowers for a gathering I was hosting later on. Now I discovered that since the heat had come, so many blooms had burst onto the plants!

Just two weeks prior I had been moaning to a friend about all the plants in my garden that hadn’t made it through the wet, cold winter. But when I stepped out to see what was there for picking, I found that the rose bushes had burst more abundantly than ever, and that the alstromaria had finally popped into color as well. The array of warm colors and the delicate curves of the petals filled my heart with their sweetness. I carried this into my day by arranging several bouquets, taking photos of these at various times, and by the next day, bringing them to bless the center of a meditation circle I participate in at a women’s homeless shelter. The state of being that garden flowers bring to me is about beauty. Carrying that beauty inside, I feel serenity and calm.


July 2017

GARDEN MEDITATION

Bonnie, from Northern California, responded to these seed-thoughts in May’s Earth-Love Newsletter:
How does the magic of being in the garden work? What does the Earth do that restores us to ourselves? If it’s a state of being, how do we carry it into our busy lives?
She provided photos of her garden with the piece below.

Being in my garden is like a meditation for me. It is time spent in such beauty and peace. I find myself talking to my beautiful flowers and plants and they respond in their language of just being. The daily chatter of my mind subsides and I even lose track of time, which is a huge gift from this amped up and plugged in life we swirl around in!


August 2017

HONORING THE SUN

At Summer’s height, Sharon, a friend from Northern California, sent these photos and captions to honor the sun.

A moment of sunlight – honoring the life-giving sun.

Sun kissing – blessing the fennel

Sunset on the horizon as we on spaceship earth rotate on by at 900 miles an hour, to meet again in a matter of hours.


“The sun is not only in the sky; the sun is on Earth and in each one of us. Each of us has the sunshine within us… Just as we carry the DNA of our biological mother and father within us, we carry the sun and the Earth in each of our cells.”

~Love Letter to the Earth by Thich Nhat Hanh

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