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Lent and Well-being: In the Garden

February 15, 2013
Jessica Stone

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It’s Friday, and the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and the clouds are puffy. Today is no day to be reading (or writing) long essays or reflections if you can help it.

Instead, here are some links to voices and events that have caught my attention, especially as relates to our earthiness and our connectedness:

I wish I had read this before writing yesterday’s reflection.
From this account of starting a city garden:
It restores balance to my life. To be able to touch the soil. To walk barefoot outdoors. To look at the weather not just as the planet’s plot to make me lose my umbrella but as a living system that will nourish – and threaten – the small plants we’ve put in the ground.
A meditation from an Orthodox perspective on Lent as spiritual gardening, with an admonition to go gently on the weeding!
Finally, Retreat in the City is happening here in Dublin at Christ Church Cathedral this weekend. From the Irish Times article on New Monasticism:
“I sense that there’s a deep stream of possibility in the monastic way that can help us in the 21st century to find new ways to live – in balance with ourselves, reconnected to our fellow humanity, in harmony with the planet and at ease with mystery,” he [Ian Adams] writes.

Jessica Stone
Jessica Stone is Ministry Co-Ordinator for CMH: Ireland.


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