Cultivating Your Inner Garden

What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God. ~ Eleanor Powell

When my husband and I first moved into our new home, the garden could hardly be considered a garden, it was a more like a grass-less wasteland without even a worm. Perhaps naively, one of the first things we did was buy a bird feeder and seeds. We excitedly filled our feeder which was just a pole filled with seeds that we poked into the barren earth and sat back, expecting to enjoy the beauty of the birds. We waited. And waited a little longer. We were perplexed as to why the birds we saw all over the neighborhood weren’t gratefully flocking to our pole-in-the-barren-earth contraption. Just give them time, we told each other.

They’ll come eventually. How could they not? We waited all winter and never once saw a single bird even accidentally fly through. It was as if our garden had been declared a no-fly zone. Finally giving up hope, we took down the feeder after a few months, resigning ourselves to admiring the birds in our neighbours’ gardens but not our own.

When spring arrived, we sowed seeds of grass, erected a modest hedge, poured our love into a tiny vegetable patch, and even planted a young tree. Working in our garden became rewarding in itself rather than just a way of attracting birds.  Day after day, we marveled as it flourished, becoming more and more alive. And then one day we realized the birds we had tried so hard to attract had come.

The calm mind allows one to connect with the inner self, the Soul, the very source of our being. That’s where the music lives. That’s where my music comes from. ~Clarence Clemons

Are there ‘birds’ in your life you long to attract?  As the wisdom of nature taught me, sometimes working on improving your inner garden can makes it a more welcoming place for that which you wish to attract. It also makes the waiting process more enjoyable, and can even help you detach from the outcome.  In the end, you might attract the birds you are longing for in a different way than you had initially envisioned and you’ll be in a better place to do so.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Cultivate your inner garden and your heart’s desire will come. How often do you cultivate your inner garden? Share your insights by commenting bellow or by posting your lovely comment on PurposeFairy Facebook Page

 

With all my love,

 

 

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Hiba Giacoletto

Hiba Giacoletto is a Certified Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) with a Masters Degree in Psychology. A former sugar addict, she completely changed her way of eating, living and even thinking when she discovered she had a rare kidney disease at 29. Connect with Hiba on www.healthwise.ch

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5 Comments

  • Tim

    30, October 2012 at 4:19 am

    Thank you. Needed to read that right now.

  • Nancy

    30, October 2012 at 1:59 am

    Hiba, I have a 21 month old and look at my current garden and think it reflects my life in general-a bit chaotic on the outside (weeds, forsythia growing a bit out of control) but there are a few things inside that I tended too and nurtured and and growing.

  • Letty Sison

    28, October 2012 at 11:43 pm

    I feel like I have always cultivated my inner garden. It is very important for me to read and study articles like this because they inspire and give meanings to how I cope and thrive in life.I have a beautiful garden with my favorite flowers which I compare with my inner self.When they are healthy and blooming with flowers I am happy inside as well!

  • Hiba

    28, October 2012 at 10:56 am

    I am so glad to know that it spoke to you, thank you for commenting!

  • Doreen Tusick

    27, October 2012 at 11:49 am

    This post comes to me at a time when I really needed to hear it. Thank you Hiba for this beautifully written lesson that speaks right to my heart.

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