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​Inspirational quotes about Garden


"My Secret Garden is deep inside my Heart "
Nisya Shakti


​Your garden will reveal yourself.
 Henry Mitchell




Connection with gardens, even small ones, even potted plants, can become windows to the inner life.  The simple act of stopping and looking at the beauty around us can be prayer.
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Patricia R. Barrett -The Sacred Garden 


​Garden Magic


This is the garden's magic,
That through the sunny hours
The gardener who tends it,
Himself outgrows his flowers.

He grows by gift of patience,
Since he who sows must know
That only in the Lord's good time
Does any seedling grow.

He learns from buds unfolding,
From each tight leaf unfurled,
That his own heart, expanding,
Is one with all the world.

He bares his head to sunshine,
His bending back a sign
Of grace,
​and every shower becomes
His sacramental wine.
And when at last his labors
Bring forth the very stuff
And substance of all beauty
This is reward enough.

M.L Carroll

​In my secret garden the grass is green and lush
And the leaves of the shrubs shine just like emerald
And every flush-dawn, when the sun wakes with a blush, Sunshine arrives, with sweet songs that the birds herald.

In my secret garden red and pink roses bloom And blood red is the color of camellias. The lilac blossoms spread their sweet scent of perfume, While sunflower-like sway colorful dahlias.

A placid brook runs into a calm azure lake, On its mirror surface white fleecy clouds reflect. By its shore, on green grass, I like to lie awake, Watching ripples that wings of dragonflies effect.

In my garden raindrops fall from azure blue sky And on the blades of grass like pearl drops hang the dew, Every leaf, every bloom is there to testify Of a Power that gives birth and lets all renew.In my secret garden I blossom, come alive, The grass feels soft, like velvet, underneath my sole; Inside my secret garden my soul can revive…My secret garden is… inside my heart and soul…

When I pass and offer my soul to my Maker I’ll ask to scatter my ashes to feed the lawn, Allow only a white swan as a partaker Gently to glide across the lake at every dawn;

Let my garden remain a home for birds and flowers,
Let white swans gather on the banks of placid stream, Let mellow bell ring out the passing hours
And let
me dream the dreams I was meant to dream.
PJ Oszman



​A garden is the best alternative therapy.
 Germaine Greer  

God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, "Ah ! "
Joseph Campbell

Without the body, the wisdom of the larger self cannot be known.
 John Conger 

There is more pleasure in making a garden than in contemplating a paradise.
 Anne Scott-James

I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to.
 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings 

The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible : The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don't want paradise,you are not human and if you are not human, you don't have a soul.
Thomas Moore, The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life

When a garden is used as a place to pause for thought,  that is when a Zen garden comes to life.  When you contemplate a garden like this it will form as lasting impression on your heart.
 Muso Soseki in - The Temple in the House by Anthony Lawlor

We belong to no cult. We are not Nature Lovers. We don't love nature any more than we love breathing. Nature is simply something indispensable, like air and light and water, that we accept as necessary to living, and the nearer we can get to it the happier we are. 
 Louise Dickenson Rich

Nature poets can't walk across the backyard without tripping over an epiphany. 
Christian Wiman 

I pledge devotion to the earth, our one and only home and to the life this earth sustains ;one nation,one spirit indivisible, with freedom and fulfillment for all.
 Bruce Hagen, New Pledge of Allegiance

 I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to.
 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings 

If you hold it too closely, it chokes, And if you hold
 it too loosely, it escapes. Israel Salanter Lipkin 

 Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds the harvest can be either flowers or weeds.
 Author Unknown

There is a little plant called reverence in the corner of my soul's garden, which I love to have watered once a week.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

A person who cares about the earth will resonate with its purity.
Sally Fox 

If you want to reach the infinite, then explore 
every aspect of the finite.
Goethe 

Gardens will be the peaceful haven we all need. 
(Paul Tukey)

I swear the earth shall surely be complete to him or her who shall be complete, The earth remains jagged and broken only to him or her who remains jagged and broken.
Walt Whitman, A Song of the Rolling Earth

In this light, my spirit saw through all things and into all creatures and I recognized God in grass and plants.
Jacob Boehme

Modern man no longer regards Nature as in any sense divine and feels perfectly free to behave toward her as an overweening conqueror and tyrant.
Aldous Huxley

My garden is the Universe.   I am the Universe.  I am my garden. All things are the same
Duane Michale

 I've read all the books but one Only remains sacred :
​this Volume of wonders, open Always before my eyes.
Kathleen Raine

I have come to terms with the future.  From this day onward. I will walk easy on the earth.  Plant trees. Kill no living things. Live in harmony with all creatures.  I will restore the earth where I am.  Use no more of its resources than I need.  And listen, listen to what it is telling me.
M. J. Slim Hooey

A garden is so much like a church. So much care and feeding. Such competitiveness among  the plants some of them literally choke each other to death if you don't get out there and put a stop to it. The big gorgeous ones get lots of attention, but then one comes along that looks almost dead all season and suddenly, almost overnight, blooms splendidly forth. Never write anybody off completely. You just don't know.
Barbara Cawthorne Crafton in Let Us Bless the Lord, Year One

The comfortable and comforting people are those who look upon the bright side of life ; gathering its roses and sunshine, and making the most that happens seem the best. Dorothy Dix

A person who undertakes to grow a garden at home, by practices that will preserve rather than exploit the economy of the soil, has his mind precisely against what is wrong with us... What I am saying is that if we apply our minds directly and competently to the needs of the earth, then we will have begun to make fundamental and necessary changes in our minds. We will begin to understand and to mistrust and to change our wasteful economy, which markets not just the produce of the earth, but also the earth's ability to produce.
Wendell Berrs

Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.
 William Wordsworth

When I see Heaven and earth as My own garden, 
I live that moment Outside the Universe.
A Zen Harvest: Japanese Folk Zen Saying 


For a person who cultivates wisdom or true knowledge, the results are inner peace, satisfaction, patience, respect for others, freedom from duplicity, compassion, joyfulness, and remembrance of his spiritual identity...
Chris Butler

Natural objects themselves, even when they make no claim t
o beauty, excite the feelings, and occupy the imagination. Nature pleases, attracts, delights, merely because it is nature. We recognize in it an Infinite Power.
 Karl Wilhelm Humboldt

The first act of awe, when man was struck  with the beauty or wonder of Nature, was the first spiritual experience.
 Henryk Skolimowski 

Here in this body are the sacred rivers : here are the sun and moon, as well as all the pilgrimage places.I have not encountered another temple as blissful as my own body.
Saraha  

I did however used to think, you know, in the woods walking and as a kid playing the woods, that there was a kind of immanence there, that woods, a places of that order, had a sense, a kind of presence, that you could feel ; that there was something peculiarly, physically present,a feeling  of place almost conscious...  Like God. It evoked that.
Robert Creely and the Genius of the American Common 

God does not die on that day when we cease to believe in a personal deity, but we die when our lives cease to be illuminated by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond all reasoning... When the sense of the earth unites with the sense of one's body, one becomes earth of the earth, a plant among  plants, an animal born from the soil and fertilizing it. In this union, the body is confirmed in its pantheism.
Dag Hammarsk

There are points of time, of distant memory, when the soul unites within the pattern of the Universe.That union brings forth the understanding of life's harmony. So it should be within the garden...
Author Unknown

For optimal health, we need body and spirit, exercise (ming) and meditation, awareness of the inner world and the outer. In other words, health requires balance and moderation. The goal of qigong may be summarized as xing ming shuang xiu,spirit and body equally refined and cultivated. Cultivate your whole being, as you would cultivate a garden with attention, care, and even love.
Ken Cohen, Essential Qigong


We were enclosed, O eternal Father, within the garden of your breast. You drew us out of your holy mind like a flower petaled  with our soul's three powers and into each power you put the whole plant, so that they might bear fruit in your garden, might come back to you with the fruit you gave them. And you would come back to the soul, to fill her with your blessedness. There the soul dwells like the fish in the sea and the sea in the fish.
Catherine de Sienna(1347 - 1380)  English version by Suzanne Noffke, O.P.

The secret of beginning a life of deep awareness and sensitivity lies in our willingness to pay attention. Our growth as conscious, awake human beings is marked not so much by grand gestures and visible renunciations  as by extending loving attention to the minutest particulars of our lives. Every relationship, every thought, every gesture is blessed with meaning through the wholehearted attention we bring to it. In the complexities of our minds and lives we easily forget the power of attention, yet without attention we live only on the surface of existence. It is just simple attention that allows us truly to listen to the song of a bird, to see deeply the glory of an autumn leaf, to touch the heart of another and be touched. We need to be fully present in order to love a single thing wholeheartedly. We need to be fully awake in this moment if we are to receive and respond to the learning inherent in it. 
Christina Feldman and Jack Kornfield, 

The point in life is to know what's enough why envy those other wold immortals ?  With the happiness held in one inch  square heart you can fill the whole space between heaven and earth.
Gensei (1623-1668)

There is no language of the holy. The sacred lies in the ordinary.
Deng Ming-Dao


The trees reflected in the river... they are unconscious of a spiritual world so near to them. So are we.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Attachment to spiritual things is...just as much an attachment as inordinate love of anything else.
 Thomas Merton

Mental sunshine will cause the flowers of peace, happiness and prosperity to grow upon the face of the earth. Be a creator of mental sunshine.
Kathi's Garden    
 

Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets To plant a pine, one need only own a shovel.
Aldo Leopold

The atmosphere of our time is fast being cleared of the fumes and deadly gases that arose during the carboniferous age of theology.
John Burroughs - The Light of Day, 1900

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
 Albert Einstein

Gardening helps us realize somatically, viscerally, the laws of growth and gradual unfolding. We can't pull the plants up to make them grow, but we can help facilitate and midwife blooming, each in his own way, time, and proper season.I have learned a little about and humility from my gardens. It's so obviously not something I'm doing that creates this miracle ! I also like to reflect upon and appreciate the exquisitely, evanescent, transitory and poignant nature of things in the garden. If you love the Dharma, you have to farm it. Go to a garden.  Just stand in it. Breathe in the air, the fragrances, the light, the temperature, the music of the different plants, insects, birds, worms, caterpillars, grasshoppers and butterflies.Inhale the prana (cosmic energy) of all the abundantly growing things. Recharge your inner batteries. 
This is the joy of natural meditation.
Lama Surya Das, Awakening to the Sacre

In a field I am the absence of field.That is always the case. Wherever I am, I am what is missing. When I walk I part the air and always the air moves in to fill the space where my body has been. We all have reasons for moving. I move to keep things whole.
 Mark Strand

A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful implanted in the human soul.  (Johann Wolfgang Goethe)

It is only when you start a garden probably after age fifty that you realize something important happens every day.
Geoffrey B. Charlesworth 

In all things of nature there is something marvelous. 
Aristote 

A little too abstract, a little too wise,It is time for us to kiss the earth again,It is time to let the leaves rain from the skies, Let the rich life run to the roots again. When we touch this domain,we are filled with the cosmic force of life itself, we sink our roots deep into the black soil and draw power and being up into ourselves. We know the energy of the numen and are saturated with power and being. We feel grounded, centered, in touch with the ancient and eternal rhythms of life. Power and passion well up like an artesian spring and creativity dances in celebration of life.
 David N. Elkins 

If we had a keen vision of all ordinary life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel's heart beat and we should die of the roar which lies on the other side of silence. As it is, the quickest of us walk about well-wadded with stupidity.

George Eliot 

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