The demure embrace of Summer is felt as it takes a final bow and beckons Autumn to gracefully dance in. Many of the plants in the garden are now flourishing in their final glory as the seasons begin to transition. It’s a cycle of regeneration, not one of dying. A circle of life that continues with the promise of a seed. A promise that whispers hope of new life beginning. A new life, a new dream, that welcomes the sweet sustenance of our physical, mental, and spiritual being. The trifecta of true holistic wellness.
The enchantment of a summer garden. Maybe it’s a community garden, a few potted plants on a front porch, or a vegetable garden worthy of a farmer’s market. Regardless of the size of the garden, there is a spark of magic in even the tiniest plot of soil. The unsurpassed beauty of the mystical dance that happens between flora and fauna. The garden beckons, in its own unique voice, for us to practice mindfulness.
Even though it was over 20 years ago, I have a distinct memory of one of my Tae Kwon Do masters reminding us to “tend our own garden and not waste our time looking over the fence at the neighbors garden.” At the time, as we understood, it was with the intention of encouraging our group of testing students to work on our own training.
As parents, we are a child’s first teacher and perhaps, the most impressionable one. We often hear that children “don’t arrive with a users manual”. And that’s a good thing! Who wants to stick to a given set of rules to raise their child? Every family is different, as is every child. A child is not your mini-me….they are their own person, an in-process being finding their own place in the world. However, as parents, it is our responsibility and goal to guide them to become HAPPY adults. “Happy” is all encompassing in finding love, achieving success and experiencing fulfillment. These are all unique to each individual.