be a source of solace, healing, insight and regeneration. Whether in the
wilderness or the backyard, being and communing with nature is also a
source of wonder. Here we can be inspired, recharge our batteries, get
our hands dirty and engage in partnership with the elements, the awesome
beauty of nature and its power. This is the theme of the section Healing
But in the city it might be hard to find a restful place away from our
busy work-lives, the rumble of heavy traffic and the daily rush. Based
on his own experience, Kipling Z (who asked us to disguise his name so
he wouldn't alienate the people he wants to help change)
wanted to know how city office workers sustain themselves during the
day, so he went out over a number of lunchtimes to talk to people in
city parks to Search
for the Sacred in the Concrete Jungle.
Gardens are beautiful, restful, engrossing, flourishing. In Gardening:
Good for our Soul, Peter Cock explains that in cultivating the garden
as a friend and partner, we also begin to cultivate a deep soulful connection.
Soul. Nurturing the earth, eating our home-grown produce, weeding out
garden beds and things we no longer need in our lives, the garden is indeed
a place to grow.
But the garden can also be a place to be buried. Peter, together with
Jill Hocking, has written a charming story of one mans wishes for
a Green Burial. His desire addresses the
issues of life and death where trees act as a bridge between them, to
create and sustain life. Instead of a marvellous headstone, Peter Cock
recommends we request a tree to be planted in our memory.
On a Buddhist retreat at Vipassana in Australia Anna Clabburn finds through
the way of silence and sitting there is greater awareness that can be
learned of self, others and the world beyond. She describes her journey
in Stumbling on the path to myself,
I found a way to the world