This is a time of planting, a season where everything in the garden is growing and we are reminded and inspired by springs new beginnings. In Vermont, where I live, the mountains are green and lush with new growth, after a winter so severe, so cold, and it is wonderful to see how the foliage flourishes despite all the odds.
I take a drive and see all the hanging plants in all the houses, hailing the on-coming summer, their colors bright and cheerful, the gardens filled with flowers, and I can't help the feelings of hope and joy that spring from my heart.that maybe this will be a better year, that all this new growth is a sign that we should not give up on our dreams and aspirations.
I think of all those in the spirit world, and smile in the knowledge that they are with me, doing their best to help me, even though I have felt, during those winter months, a bleakness that has seemed to out-do the very bleakness of those terrible winter months.
When my father died, many years ago now, I planted a tree, a flowering cherry, in the garden in England where I used to live. When I came to Vermont, my daughter bought me a tree for my garden to replace the one I had had to leave behind. Another Flowering Cherry. Each time I see it I am reminded of my dad, those memory's bitter sweet, sadness, regret, longing and hope. Maybe he will guide me. Maybe he will watch over me. Maybe he is much happier now. And I feel his love and presence as I say these things.
I told myself that I planted the tree for him, in his memory, and of course I did, but in truth, I really planted it mainly for myself, to ease my grief, as a reminder that he would be there for me, as a comfort to ease my loss. This is a very common thing to do, many people do the same thing, and to plant something special for someone you have lost is a great tribute and testimony to them, and to our love for them. I know my dad is pleased, I see him smile, and that makes me smile.
It is an easy thing to do, to pay such a tribute in this way, for someone we have lost, to show our love and respect for those who have departed this earth, to let them know they are not forgotten. But our lesson this month is about paying tribute, showing a testimony of love and respect to those still on this earth plane. So here is what I would like you to do...this is the exercise for the month. You don't need a garden, although I admit it would be easier, as there are many house plants to choose from for those of you who do not have one, and for those of you who only have small apartments, you can always give your plants as gifts afterwards. It is also possible to do this exercise without spending any money, as there are always those gardeners who need to split and give away cuttings, so you might need to show a little initiative here.
1) Make a list of the people you know who might benefit from your showing them a little love and respect. When it comes to family it will be easy, friends too, but on that list make sure that there is at least one person who does not come under that category. It can be a neighbor you barely see, someone you heard about but don't know who is in trouble, a stranger you saw on the street who perhaps looked a little tired or lonely. There should be at least five people on your list.
2) Take at least five minutes to think carefully about each of these people. What is it that you would like to give them? What message would you like to send? What feelings are there in your heart that you would like to express to them? What is it that you would like to share?
3) As you place your flowers in the soil, remember those feelings. As you gently push the roots into the ground, feel as though you are confirming those feelings, and send out your thoughts to the one the plant is for, just as you would if it were someone you had lost who you were paying tribute to.
For those of you lucky enough to have a garden, fill it with the kind of love and respect you would like to show always, and watch as your garden blooms. For those of you who have house plants, watch as you plants grow and fill your rooms with love. Name each flower that you plant," this one for Samantha, this one for Jean, this one for Peter, this one for Lyn, this one for Joan and this one for Pat, this one for Nigel, this one for Jane, this one for Kay..",and so on, and as you plant them, remember, thoughts are living things. Send out those thoughts to all you have planted for, send out those dreams and aspirations you have for them, and watch as the love from those people flows back to you. PLANT SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR SOMEONE ELSE.
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