I have a hedge in my garden that I inherited nearly 3 decades ago already well established. It has the odd brown patch appearing – and I decided to give it some fertiliser today in the hope that it will extend its life.

Having fertilised the hedge, I started thinking about how we as people also need fertiliser! I am not thinking of food to eat for our physical well being but other forms of food that feed us emotionally and spiritually.

I met with my co-facilitator Julie the day before, exploring the theme of how unique each person is in preparation for a series of mindfulness events in the autumn. I realise that there was emotional and spiritual fertiliser in the time we spent preparing, even though I didn’t recognised it as such at the time.

Perhaps we recognise activities (including doing nothingness, just being!) that feed or fertilise us when we come from them rejuvenated, changed in some way whether that is in our thinking or our spirits.

There is a poem that Julie and I reflected on, written to the Creator, and this is an excerpt:

“For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

You may find refreshment as you read this. You may find it in something else today. Notice it; embrace it.

This is Mindful Monday on 12 August 2019. 

If you are in Cheltenham or the vicinity, join Sara Shailer and Julie Hill for an evening of mindfulness in the outdoors on Monday 19 August 2019, 7-8.30 pm. Email for details.

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