Tuesday, 19 August 2008

For the Garden of Your Daily Living

For the Garden of Your Daily Living

Knowing that my family loves gardening, a friend once gave me the following poem. I do not know who the author is, although the page says Kevin Owens 2002. The poem is a wonderful reminder of what our priorities in life should be.

To begin your own beautiful garden, here is a wonderful formula:

Plant Three Rows:

- Peace of Mind

- Peace of Heart

- Peace of Soul

Plant Four Rows of Lettuce:

- Lettuce be Faithful

- Lettuce be Kind

- Lettuce be Patient

- Lettuce really Love one Another

No Garden is complete without Turnips:

- Turnip for Meetings

- Turnip for Service

- Turnip to Help one Another

Plant Four Rows of Squash:

- Squash Gossip

- Squash Indifference

- Squash Grumbling

- Squash Selfishness

Water freely with patience and cultivate with Love.

There is much fruit in your Garden

Because you reap what you sow.

To conclude our Garden ---

We must have Thyme:

- Thyme for G-d

- Thyme for Study

- Thyme for Prayer

Occupational therapy teaches that one should have a balance in ones daily life. To be really healthy, it is important to make time for leisure time activities. This is in keeping with the teaching from the Torah. To demonstrate this is an inspiring thought from the Chumash (5 Books of Moses).

It can be asked why the Torah (Bible) begins with the words:

In the beginning Hashem created…” Surely if nothing else existed before Hashem began to create, Hashem would have had to start in the beginning.

There are many commentaries on this, and one very beautiful one is that the Hebrew word used for create is ברא, which has the same letters as the world for health ברי. Therefore, if we spend time in nature or engaged in a creative task or project, this has a healing effect which enables us to feel as though we are created a new, fresh, with a new beginning.

So take some time and spend it in nature and creating beauty, be it music, art, poetry or other creative pursuits. Through this you will permit your soul to express itself. You will be able to contemplate on nature and notice the beauty and the gift of our world.

If you are looking for ideas as to what to do, or a gift for a loved one, you can take a look in our Shopping for Goodness Store at Leisure Time Activities.

Here you will find a range of items related to healthy leisure time pursuits.

If you still do not know what to do, you can email shoshanah.s@gmail.com and ask Shoshanah to send you an interest check list. If you wish to, you can work with Shoshanah to develop a healthy balanced lifestyle. Or just ponder on the above thoughts and let Hashem guide you to the right balance and lifestyle for you.

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