Live in the Orange Zone - Day 20
30 Days of Self Study, Meditation and Reflection
Today's day, 20 of living in the Orange Zone.
I'm here with my mother, Patricia, who's prepared the inspiration for today.
Hello. I'm standing in front of this grandmother of a rosebush. We rent here. I don't own this rose bush. I'm a stewart, I'm a caretaker for the rosebush. We moved in last summer and I really didn't spend much time or energy taking care of this. When Howard passed in January I came out and pruned the rose bush to about waist high and it started doing better. Then Diana went to the Dana Point Nursery and got this magic potion called SuperThrive.
With that and a little fertilizer, the rosebush did right and thrive. Within days, it started blooming. Every week it has more and more blooms. I prune that every week by cutting the blooms and sharing them with the neighbors. You can see I have 20-25 blooms on here.
I also read this week a book called Dancing with Elephants and the rosebush was an inspiration to me. It fit in with what I'm learning from the book. There is a chapter in it called Mandela's Garden and I'd like to share a few paragraphs.
The paragraphs I'm sharing, actually is Richard Stengel from his book Mandela's Way. Mandela was in prison and he started the garden in 1970, he started the garden while in prison. In 1982, he was moved to another prison and he started a rooftop garden. He used oil drums filled with dirt. These are the words from that book, Mandela's Way:
“While others were playing games, Mandela was gardening.” Well, Mandela had very little time and very little energy, but he chose to start. “He shared produce with prisoners and guards. He quieted his mind. Surrounded by death and decay, Mandela found a place to touch beauty. Gardening was life affirming and creative. This was not a retreat, but a renewal. Mandela's gardening was not the hobby of a retired person. Rather, it was a powerful mindfulness training ground for one who would become a beacon of love, courage and renewal. In it, Mandela tells us you must find your own garden.”
I invite you to find your own garden. Be it a single plant or a huge vegetable garden or flower garden, whatever the case may be. Find your own nourishment as we go out into a changed world.
From my heart to your heart I send you blessings and love. Thank you.
Day 20 Inspiration
Today's inspiration comes fromT.S. Eliot
Stretch wide, take risks and dream big find live your possibility.
Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go.
Click the links below to find out more:
The Orange Zone - A 30 Day Practice - YouTube Playlist
Daily Inspirational Quotes for 30 Day Meditation
Blog Post: What is the Orange Zone?
Day 1: InvitationDay 2: Practice Silence & Listening
Day 3: Adding Gratitude
Day 4: Set Intentions
Day 5: Give a Blessing
Day 6: Start Young
Day 7: Sacred Reading & Reflection
Day 8: Wear & Remember
Day 9: The Practices Brings Transformation
Day 10: Repot & Prune for Growth
Day 11: Indoor Pruning
Day 12: Move the Furniture
Day 13: Self Reflection & Appreciation
Day 14: Practice Appreciation & Feel Blessed
Day 15: Why hurry?
Day 16: Energy Banking
Day 17: Start Your Day with a Healthy Breakfast
Day 18: Space Training
Day 19: Breath- Our Instant Medicine
Day 20: Create your own Garden