As humans we have a strong tradition of the garden being a metaphor for the soul. A lovely thing to do is to ask in a meditation to have an image of what our inner garden looks like. Some of us are very good at this kind of picturing. Others have difficulty, and yet they can smell, or sense or intuit what that garden is like.
Once we have an image or sensory perception of our inner garden, we can come to know what it is asking of us instead of the other way around. Augustine said that the soul thinks in images, and if this is true we can do some beautiful spiritual gardening by tuning in and noticing the condition of our inner gardens. Have we been in the shade i.e. hidden too long? Have we not taken time to nourish our spirits? Have we lacked the self-discipline to weed out of our lives what no longer serves us?
This kind of inquiry on an ongoing basis is a beautiful endeavor. Gardening for our souls sake is a sacred task.
Phrases posted on Facebook, May 2016