Everything in the garden is alive, each with its own unique nature. For all of human history, the garden has been a symbol of life, an archetype of wholeness and connection to our essential being. Whether we realize it or not, when we nurture a houseplant, a flowerbed or a landscape, we participate in the mystery of life, the evocation of the Life Force.
In the Bible, God is the gardener: “The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden.” Eden is our childlike innocent self; it is a time when we need to be looked after. As we develop, we take responsibility for our own growth; we become our own gardeners: “Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it.” Cultivating our inner garden is a sacred task that we cannot avoid.
To be a gardener is to participate in the miracle of creation. As a skill, a vocation and a contemplative discipline, it requires dedication of body, mind and soul. Nurturing plants and the soil they depend on, is a privilege earned over a lifetime.
Nature reveals its secrets only to the devoted.