The Garden of Life
Where would the gardener be
were no more weeds?
See also "The Journey of Life"
is a little plant called reverence in the corner of
my soul's garden, which I love to have watered once a week.
as you would not neglect seeds that you planted with the
hope that they will bear vegetables and fruits and
so you must attend to and nourish the garden of
your becoming. -Jean
garden that never died eventually would weary.
springtime, unacquainted with the extraordinary perfume
that rises from the soil after it’s had its rest, the garden that
winter doesn’t visit is a dull place. The return every spring of earth’s
first freshness would never be kept if not for the frosts and rot
and ripe deaths of fall. So
when I go out from the garden for
the last time in autumn, I leave the gate open behind me.
The comfortable and comforting
people are those
who look upon the bright side of life;
roses and sunshine and
making the most that happens seem the best.
| Flowers never emit so sweet and strong a fragrance as before a
storm. Beauteous soul! when a storm approaches thee, be as fragrant as a sweet-smelling flower.
-Jean Paul Richter
| The best rose-bush, after all, is
not that which has the fewest thorns,
but that which bears the finest roses.
-Henry van Dyke
all assigned a piece of garden, a corner of the universe that is ours
to transform. Our corner of the universe is our own life--our
our homes, our work, our current circumstances--exactly as they are.
Every situation we find ourselves in is an opportunity, perfectly
planned by the Holy Spirit, to teach love instead of fear.
Our deeds are seed of fate, sown here on earth,
but bringing forth their harvest in eternity.
-George Dana Boardman
All of us, children and
adults, are beautiful flowers. Our eyelids
are exactly like rose petals, especially when our eyes are closed. Our ears are like morning glories listening to the sounds of birds.
Our lips form a beautiful flower every time we smile. And our
two hands are a lotus flower with five petals. The practice is
to keep our "flowerness" alive and present, not just for our
own benefit but for the happiness of everyone.
-Thich Nhat Hanh
| For all these years you've protected the seed.
It's time to become the flower.
-Stephen C. Paul
well-kept garden filled with flowers
Has no room left for weeds to share;
The mind keeps out unworthy thoughts
When loveliness is dwelling there.
Leona Bold Martin
| A person's mind may
be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated
to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring
forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of
useless weed-seeds will fall therein,
and will continue to produce their
Just as gardeners cultivate their plots, keeping them free
from weeds, and growing
the flowers and fruits which they require, so may
a person tend the garden
of his or her mind, weeding out all the wrong,
useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating
toward perfection the
flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts. By pursuing
this process, a person sooner or later discovers that he or she is the
of his or her soul, the director of his or her life.
anything can be planted, the soil must be ready.
We must allow
the softening mulch of God’s forgiveness to give air and breath to the
of our hearts.
Prejudices—taught in our childhood or imposed by our
society—must be released.
Fear must be replaced by trust, and suspicion
by childlike hope and acceptance.
These changes in the soil will not come
easily or without sweat, but any good gardener knows that preparing the
is the most important of all labors.
It gives the seeds a chance to grow and
eventually, to exhibit all that is hidden in its complex genetic
structure. -Peggy Benson
If we make
our goal to live a life of compassion
and unconditional love, then the world will indeed
become a garden where all kinds of flowers
can bloom and grow. -Elisabeth
can learn to study their life force in the same way that a
gardener studies a rosebush. No gardener ever made a
rose. When its needs are met a rosebush will make
collaborate and provide conditions which
favor this outcome. And as anyone who has ever pruned a
life flows through every rosebush
in a slightly different way.
|One person can
completely change the character of a country,
and the industry of its
people, by dropping a single seed in fertile soil.
-John C. Gifford
Die when I may, I want it
said of me by those who knew me best,
that I always plucked a thistle and
planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow. -Abraham Lincoln
your garden, provided it be your own, and I will tell you
are like. It is in middle life that the finishing touches
should be put to it; and then, after that, it should remain
or less in the same condition.
Yes, in the
poor man's garden grow
Far more than herbs or flowers--
Kind thoughts, contentment, peace of mind,
And joy for weary hours.
A Poison Tree
I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.
And I water'd it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.
And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright;
And my foe beheld it shine.
And he knew that it was mine,
And into my garden stole
When the night had veil'd the pole:
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretch'd beneath the tree.
We are all here to serve in our own unique
ways and to give back to the earth and
to life what we have been given. We
are here to contribute the one thing that makes
us immortal: love.
We cannot hold on to the tree of life forever and we cannot live
through our actions. But if we act out of love, the sacrifices we perform
will sustain those who come after us, and our garden will have many beautiful
trees. When we each make the choice to serve, no one will suffer because
else's desires. No tree will go without nourishment or be
cut down to fulfill someone
else's wants. Our garden will flourish
because each seed will have rich soil
and each leaf will be free to display
its beautiful colors for all to see. It will be
an awesome garden that
will make the front page of every newspaper.
To know someone here or
there with whom you feel
there is understanding in spite of differences or
thoughts expressed--that can make of this earth a garden.
-Johann Wolfgang von
world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers,
and cities; but to know someone who thinks and feels with us,
and who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes
the earth for us an inhabited garden.
Wolfgang von Goethe
are all flowers in the Great Spirit's garden. We share a common
and the root is Mother Earth. The garden is beautiful
it has different colors in it, and those colors
traditions and cultural backgrounds.
David Monongye (Hopi)
would be well on the way
to perfection if we could weed out
from ourselves each year.
grows at our
own firesides, and is not to be
picked in strangers'
Ye who are kicking against Fate,
Tell me how it is that on this hill-side,
Running down to the river,
Which fronts the sun and the south-wind,
This plant draws from the air and soil
Poison and becomes poison ivy?
And this plant draws from the same air and soil
Sweet elixirs and colors and becomes arbutus?
And both flourish?
You may blame Spoon River for what it is,
But whom do you blame for the will in you
That feeds itself and makes you dock-weed,
Jimpson, dandelion or mullen
And which can never use any soil or air
So as to make you jessamine or wistaria?
Edgar Lee Masters
from Spoon River Anthology
Let us be
grateful to people who make us happy--they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
seeds, sprout and blossom according to their variety, and the
thoughts you cultivate create your experiences of life. Just
as a seed planted in fertile soil produces healthy fruit, your
mind may be lightened or darkened depending on the type of
thoughts planted in it. If apple seeds are planted and
nurtured, you can harvest delicious, juicy apples. If you
plant and nurture thistle seeds, you get prickly thistles.
This analogy also holds true for the mind. Positive thoughts
can produce positive results, whereas negative thoughts can lead
to negative results. Understanding this cause and effect
relationship can help you "think into being" the kind of
life you wish to have. -John
Marks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life
plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to
remove the weeds of avarice, envy, and doubt, that peace and
abundance may manifest for all. -Dorothy
mind as a garden and thoughts as the seeds you plant.
Habitual negative, unhealthy, self-critical thoughts produce the
weeds and thistles of depression, discontent, and anxiety in the
garden of your mind. Luckily, the opposite is also true.
Consistently planting positive, healthy, constructive thoughts
will yield a crop of beautiful feelings, such as gratitude, love,
and joy. -Sue
|Grass and trees
cannot grow without soil. The "soil" that fosters
our growth includes our parents, teachers, seniors, or homeland,
alma mater, community or company. In any case, everyone has
some place where they grew up or someone who nurtured them.
Human beings grow as a result of nurturing "soil" in
which they express their ability and make the flowers of their
lives blossom, just as the spirit of the rice plant returns to the
soil and the stalk sprouts to flower and bear grain once
again. We should repay our debts of gratitude to this soil
in which we developed. This cycle of repaying gratitude will
envelop one's whole existence. Your true humanity will never
blossom if you seek only to develop yourself. -Daisaku Ikeda,
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