Inspiration

‘A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust’  (Gertrude Jekyll 2011) ‘Wood and Garden: Notes and Thoughts, Practical and Critical, of a Working Amateur’ Cambridge University Press

‘Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade’  Rudyard Kipling ‘The Glory of the Garden’ (1911)

“When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you”  (Lao Tzu)

‘ The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies, but never grows to the enduring happiness that the love of gardening gives’  Gertrude Jekyll (2016) ‘Wood and Garden – Notes and Thoughts, Practical and Critical, of a Working Amateur’ Read Books Ltd

‘God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures’  Francis Bacon (1625) Essays ‘Of Gardens’

‘The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway’  Michael Pollan (2007) ‘Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education’ p.64, Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

‘It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves’   Robert Louis Stevenson (2015) ‘The Complete Works of Robert Louis Stevenson: Novels, Short Stories, Poems, Plays Memoirs, Travel Sketches, Letters and Essays (Illustrated Edition)

‘The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul’ Alfred Austin “Growing with the Seasons: A Sharing of Insights Into the Creative Aspects of Organic Gardening”. Book by Frank Giannangelo and Vicky Giannangelo, July 1, 2008.

”The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind”  (Rumi)

“The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it is done in mindfulness.” (Thich Nhat Hahn)

“Only when you can be extremely pliable and soft can you be extremely hard and strong.” (Zen Proverb)

“Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.” (Shunryu Suzuki)

“Each morning, we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” (Buddha)

”When your heart becomes the grave of your secrets, that desire of yours will be gained more quickly. The prophet said that anyone who keeps secret his inmost thought will soon attain the object of his desire. When seeds are buried in the earth, their inward secrets become the flourishing garden” (Rumi)

The basic principles of Zen teachings are to relax and be at utmost peace with oneself.  “Zen is not effort. Effort is tension, effort is work, effort is to achieve something. Zen is not something to achieve. You are already that. Just relax, relax so deeply that you become a revelation to yourself.” “Awareness is the greatest agent for change.” (Eckhart Tolle)

“The practice of Zen is forgetting the self in the act of uniting with something  (Koun Yamada)

– “All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness” (Eckhart Tolle)

”Wherever you are, it’s the place you need to be” (Maxime Lagacé)

”A moment of happiness, you and I sitting on the verandah, apparently two, but one in soul, you and I. We feel the flowing water of life here, you and I, with the garden’s beauty and the birds singing. The stars will be watching us, and we will show them what it is to be a thin crescent moon. You and I unselfed, will be together, indifferent to idle speculation, you and I. The parrots of heaven will be cracking sugar as we laugh together, you and I. In one form upon this earth, and in another form in a timeless sweet land”  (Rumi)

”Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water” (Buddha)

”Smile, breathe and go slowly” (Thích Nhất Hạnh)

”Wherever you are, be there totally”  (Eckhart Tolle)

”The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands”  (Robert M. Pirsig – Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)

”Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend”  (Bruce Lee)

”And when they played they really played. And when they worked they really worked’  (Dr. Seuss)

”Zen is a liberation from time. For if we open our eyes and see clearly, it becomes obvious that there is no other time than this instant, and that the past and the future are abstractions without any concrete reality” (Alan Watts)

”There are only two ways to live your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is a miracle”  (Albert Einstein)

”Roads were made for journeys not destinations”  (Confucius)

”Purity is something that cannot be attained except by piling effort upon effort”  (Yamamoto Tsunetomo – Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)