Over the last couple of weeks, the weather in our part of the world has become perfect for engaging with our garden. Warm days and cool nights have inspired many of our plants to believe that it is already Spring with flowers and new growth the catalyst for myriad birds to flit, frolic and feed sending out their beautiful song as a clarion call to all on the joys of the day.
It’s wonderful and it brings to my mind at least the incredible connection that the whole environment has when in balance and that this applies across our garden, our region, countries, the planet, our solar system, our universe and well beyond. Everything is connected. Everything! Including us.
Seen in the magnificence of that macrocosmic scale there comes for me, a sense of humility, awe and wonder. I mean as far as I know our cat doesn’t sit there in the evening and ponder the Universe – or does it?
It seems to be a part of our human condition that we want to make sense of things, to understand and to engage with our world. Sometimes with the intention of nurturing it and sometimes with the intention of controlling it and sometimes, as with the garden, a little of both.
I’m sure you know that a garden is a living system, an always dynamic, fertile and organic environment which, if left without any care, nurturing or support, soon devolves into a place strewn with weeds, debris and an observable power struggle between various entities both wanted and unwanted.
If tended well, given the right nutrients, sufficient water and with the careful hand and attention of a gardener, nourished with vision who understands when to prune, remove plants or waste, add soil or mulch the garden, then it can become a place of unique and individual beauty.
Which brings me, I suppose, back to our connection with all of this. Think of the garden as your mind. Think of the language you use to yourself as either the plants that nourish and nurture or the weeds that diminish and dim.
In many ways in the work that Rowena and I do we are ‘mind gardeners’. We have a vision of what healthy and well minds are like and we bring our tools to play in creating a nurturing environment in language where that vision can flourish. We listen intently for the stories that clients are confirming to themselves in the language that is being used helping them to identify the weeds – the negative self-belief, the attacks on self-esteem, and the limiting of capability.
As we clear those out together, we introduce and nurture, through constructive and pragmatic language, processes that the client can tend to, to nourish the dynamic and fertile environment that is their brain – the garden of their thinking.
Now, I love our garden. I spend a lot of time in it. I also love what I now know of my brain and I spend a lot of time in that too. I tend to them both lovingly. How about you?