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Golden Harmony: 'Spiritual gardens of hope'

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Often a spiritual garden is grown within poetic meanings, such as Snowdrops are called "the flower of hope." This delicate flower, a favorite since ancient times, symbolizes the renewal of life after the long winter months. Rare in the wild, it is forbidden to pick the flower or collect the bulb.

Growth is nurtured by firm determination of enduring value and in harmony with the flowers' true nature: A unit of the pure essence of Oneness of All. The wholeness of this Reality includes everything in it ... yet, in winters' consolidated form that eventually gives way to the new beginnings of bright , fast, and expansive spring time.

"Nature expresses universal energies is a big way. Those same energetic cycles are mirrored in the microcosmic human body and human experience."

Add this beauty and tranquility to your life through harmony with nature. How is this done? Through the inclusion of all others (all forms and processes of life) in compassionate thoughts of good will. There are many ways of providing practical assistance and encouragement for a better life, and "constructive, skillful living is a spiritual practice." Be in gratitude for the opportunity to share in this manner - from the perspective of the wholeness of life.

Golden Mean. In philosophy, the Golden Mean is defined as the desirable middle between two extremes, one of excess and the other of deficiency. Both the ancients and the moderns believed there was a close association between beauty and truth. A triad of principles infused life: Symmetry, proportion, and harmony, as described by Marian in the poem, "Song of snowdrops hidden in the snow."

"Nocturnal melodies of the Harp, Sing of Winter's Solstice. Pristine strings chime out, A harmony of sublime beauty. Song of snowdrops hidden in the snow, Song of dogwoods yet to bloom. Song of snowflakes falling sweetly on my cheeks, Song of footprints in the blanket of snow. Song of firs and pines swaying in the Winter wind, Song of tears being shed at its beauty. Sung from the sweetest of Harps, O, how I love the Harp, And its angelic beauty, Which makes me cry. 'Tis a song of Winter Solstice, Played upon the Harp of Beauty."

In Chinese philosophy, there is a similar concept: Doctrine of the Mean, a text filled with symbolism and guidance for perfecting oneself (metaphysics, process, and the perfect word/ sincerity - ethics). Buddhist philosophy also includes concept of the middle way - insight into emptiness transcending the opposite statements about existence: "All of life in the universe is one and at the core essence of being is love."

Intuitive Generosity & Intimate Living. A research study conducted by Harvard University concluded that spontaneity and intuition guided people into rapid acts of kindness for the common good. There were no barriers identified between a soul and Love's Presence. A healing peace could be felt when resentments were replaced by the nurturing quality of compassion. Heart and mind opened to the gentle touch of God's grace, as the blessing arrived through the pure reflection of His light to be honored by every thought and through all actions in a daily spirituality practice.

"Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in a stranger's gardens." (-Jerrold)

One's heart changes, as the flow uplifts the vibration of a life to states of pure consciousness, as lived based on the laws of love and truth. It is wise to accept in gratitude and to never under estimate one's ability for personal growth because "everyone is an amazing magnificent being, with great capacity for health and joy."

Snowdrops were once smudged on the forehead to relieve pain. Use this knowledge, provided in metaphor, to escape the pain of any crisis of spirit: There is always a greater plan at work, and living this larger story; one will "actively wait" while the transformational changes occur from within. Already accomplished in Spirit, there is forever and only fulfillment of a life's purpose. This is the sacred call to action - to apply energy in ways that will make situations better. Keep working on resolutions, and then transform them into plans of action that are aligned with metamorphose of human and spiritual life, all occurring at the same time.

Reflection on Water. Traditional Chinese Medicine views the energy of nature's winter time, as a season governed by quiet, slow, introspective and creative (yin) energy. Acceptance of this energetic pattern, at the deepest levels, is recommended, as it is the creative space for meditation, visualization, journaling, and any other activity allowing for yin energy to rise; thereby promoting access to one's inner wisdom.

"The element of water during winter symbolizes focus and purity."

Contemplate the power of water, with awareness anchored in the present moment. Flow with it to create solutions and effortless movement to the next step. Embrace the seasonal call for rest and relaxation for spirituality is a part of the healing paradigm.

Jesus said, "The kingdom of heaven is within you." A hopeful reminder of one's true spiritual identity, residing within, here and now. At the start of a new calendar year, with willingness and humility, find the practical balance of spiritual, physical, and social activities that bring joy and meaning to daily life for: "I am joyful. I am a vibrant reflection of God's perfection. I am unconditional love."

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