I’ve found gardening with nature🌿connects me happily to the Earth and the other creatures🐾 upon it. Making things for the home, mending♻ crafting and living a frugal life is all part of self kindness. Having lived thus far, I seem to have gleaned some pretty amazing things I’m happy to share. Therefore, I’m writing and will start to 📖 self publish. This top blog post is sticky and therefore will appear above more recent posts, so beloved scroll down, enjoy..
Unless you are unable to physically move, please do not live totally through an imagined participation in the experience of others. If you cannot move independently, ask for help to get outside more. You see, the Earth is in need of real participation, just as much as we need the air it provides through the plants and trees. It needs humanity to reconnect compassionately, before the merciless and cruel destroy it. Some might think that the Internet is making us stay online, but don’t be fooled, it is choice 100% and this is the wake up call. Yes, I can see how the virtual world is a big draw and very addictive. Yet even if it rains we still need to get outside and it really doesn’t matter if the only coat is ugly, for it’s purpose is to protect. Okay, I’m not keen on seeing kids around secondary schools without coats on, but oh well skin is waterproof and at least they’re still able to brave this terrible thing called rain.
I have always loved to see a bright flower in a window. My favourite is a nice big “Geranium”, but that all this time their real name is Pelargonium. They originate from the hotter temperate climate, so don’t over water. In the United States they are known as “Storksbills” which probably originated from their original species name coming from the Greek word πελαργός (pelargós) meaning stork. Of course I will always think of them as chearful “Geraniums”, as Shakespeare said of such “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. With their bright coloured five petal flowers in clusters, they catch the eye and enrich a view when the day is drab. The plant is quite resilient and I find they can be called upon each year to give us a show. It’s the same with my bright pink Cyclamen. Each year I let these flower plants out in the garden for a while still in their pots, then let them rest giving them very little water and each year they come back beautifully. The cyclamen is currently in the kitchen window and has been in flower for some time now. Sitting happily next to courgette seeds in pots, perhaps it will give off some encouragement to them to come out and be welcomed. How lovely it feels to ponder on the beauty of flowers.
Check out yesterdays blog so you can see what this is about. Of the negative thoughts being recycled around the world I shared yesterday, these are some of the positive / more helpful turn~arounds:I gave it my best and came up with these /\ but there’s plenty of other turn-arounds of the same words that can be helpful. Of course I don’t know what your most stressful negative thought is, so for those you’re having trouble with I suggest you do “The Work” of Byron Katie (I mean it is only 4 questions of enquiry). There’s a happier life when you do a spot of enquiry on stressful thoughts. Oh and the previous blog I’m on about is called Recycled by the world.
My wish for you is peace of mind. Anyways, you know what gets recycled around the world more than plastic? NEGATIVE THOUGHTS. If everyone who got a whiff of them, writ’ ’em and questioned their validity, looking for evidence to the contrary and jiggled the words around to make a different sentence, well the world could be at peace. Anyways, I thought I’d gather some I’ve seen repeated and pop them on an image, so you can check them out:
Byron Katie the source of the work.