Discovery, Astonishment, and Sharing


Chinodoxa Photo by Maria von Brincken 2011
Chinodoxa Photo by Maria von Brincken 2011
A few lines from Mary Oliver’s poem were sent to me. It reads “Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”


Living within a garden makes it easy to follow her instructions. A journey of discovery offered each day. It’s the opportunity to pay attention and discover, and in that process, notice your breath and connection to the garden and the natural world. 


The ‘astonishment’ response to the beauty within garden can envelope you and may guide your way of looking to things that follow. Of course, you have to be open to the experience. And ‘paying attention’ is the doorway. Wayne Dyer says “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” I think paying attention to the changes within the garden help you look at your life differently or at least add positive experiences.



The “telling” occurs when you share what you saw, touched, heard, smelt, or felt. When you relate the sensory impact. Even better invite your friends to wander within your garden and encourage others to open to beauty and let it add to their lives.



The early spring garden especially provides new discoveries daily–sometimes hour by hour depending on the temperature change. I found many: the steely blue chinodoxa, white bloodroot  peeking thru oak leaves, fern “knobs”, early yellow daffodils, pink hellebore, pink/blue spotted leaf pulmonaria, budding trees and shrubs. Each day I take time to notice.  Marveling how these slender fragile flowers push themselves up thru cold earth.


May you experience the joy of discovery, astonishment, and telling!



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