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Events are social. Allow Facebook friends to see your upcoming events? Yes Recommended Yes Recommended. No, keep my events secret No, keep my events secret. Fencing is a must here to beat the browsing. Good point! I really enjoy your garden website. Like you, I love gardening. I can spend all day out in my back yard working, planting, and weeding. And what a great website!
I share your passion for nature and animals. To a condo in Reston. Currently, I have a koi pond in my back yard — it meanders downhill via a small stream and a couple of small waterfalls to another pond downhill. The yard is filled with flowering bushes and shrubs that bloom all season, and we have bluebirds that I feed regularly.
Soulful Journey to Yourself: An Evening of Healing
Thank you so much for your comment. When I lived in a condo in the past, I, too, added potted plants, a bird feeder and a bird bath. The water feature you mentioned adding sounds like a great first step. And, will trigger loving memories of your backyard pond. Here are a couple of ideas that might inspire you, as requested:.
Add potted plants of varying heights, texture and shape. Repurposing old garden items can really get the creative juices flowing. The sky is the limit. Choose plants for the environment you have. Is your balcony sunny? Or, shady?
Unlike your home garden in the ground , potted plants rely solely on you for water and nutrients. Keep a watering can near the sink or choose a decorative one to leave on the balcony to remind you to check moisture levels often. Even balconies can qualify as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. All you need is a source of water, food, shelter bird house or dense plant and a nesting spot. Have fun and consider adding the items you need to gain a formal registration. The number ONE rule is that when you look at your balcony, add items that keep you actively engaged, remind you of your love of gardens and nature, and provide you peace.
Best of luck to you and your wife in your new place. The view is also Jungian as well, for it holds that the essence of psychological life is the deepening of the psyche's own experience, which for Jung is tantamount to the process of individuation. So whether or not you agree or can even remotely align with the idea or concept of a human soul, there are thinkers throughout human history who, while not necessarily agreeing on the word, have given the subject of that part of human existence which transcends body and mind, which is more than the sum of its parts, a great deal of thought and consideration.
A time to rend, and a time to sow; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak Ecclesiastes Some of those seasons will be characterized by silence. When a soul winter has set in for what seems eternity, like the plants in the garden, the soul goes dormant and we're called to enter the deep, still, inner silence.
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In an earlier post, The Soul of Winter , I wrote:. The soul continually calls us to make the journey to the farthest reaches of our own interior, to places the light of awareness has never reached so that we too, might be rewarded with the riches of renewal and restoration. However to do so, we must be willing shed the skin of the ordinary world in order to enter the darkness.
We are being invited to go deep and journey through darkness into those inner realms.
A journey that is both frightening and empowering. I'm not going to even hazard a guess as to what a soul is. I'm not that smart, or enlightened, or possessed with, what might be termed, the particular intuition required to resolve such matters as souls and all that may encompass. Perhaps, at some time, all the questions that filter through my mind, regarding the smallest elements to the largest expanses this universe holds, will be answered.
But, for now, I find myself contented with my curiosity and my place here amongst my fellows. And I do take comfort, delight, and knowledge from those willing to share their wisdoms and insights. Thank you. This is why I write here, and this why I give a personal response to almost everyone who leaves a comment, so that we might be in a dialogue together, a process in which we learn from each other what life looks and feels like where the rubber meets the road.
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war; and a time of peace. Personally, I would not want to live a life without a generous portion of soul on the menu! Without a conscious awareness of my own soul's process, life for me would be colorless and dry. And so there is something calling my soul to be in a collective discovery process by writing about this topic right now and sharing it here. Hopefully, it serves you as it's serving me. I'd love to hear from you, how all this resonates. If you're up for it, next week, let's begin exploring the "soul" of things.
What would YOU put in the hopper for such a discussion? What do you want to know the soul of? Food, beauty, money, sex, power, love? I'm up for this if you are.