Prayers for Healing

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Tonight Judith will lead Prayers for Healing at The Cross at Yew Lane. It got me to thinking again about the nature of the “Quiet Garden” and our hope to be a place of hospitality, rest, growth and renewal.

I recently read this: “….gardening itself can be a deeply instructive and healing experience.” Quiet Garden Cuttings No6, and wondered why it is that for many people, gardening and spending time in the garden, offers such an experience.

The  Quiet Gardens Movement: http://www.quietgarden.org/ of which The Cross at Yew Lane is a member emphasise the benefit of gardens and gardening for emotional, spiritual, and physical well being ….. but still why? What is it that makes gardens and gardening so powerful in the search for health and well being?

Here’s one thought; “Community gardens are restorative in many ways. They enable people to become better connected with their land, their food, and the people around them, which in turn fosters community, encourages good nutrition, and increases stewardship of the land.” (Therapeutic Landscapes Network). Add to this the fact that gardens force us to slow down, to work within the framework of seasons, and daylight hours, they bring us into a closer relationship with creation and perhaps with God.

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