Today I just want to thank you for what Elizabeth Gilbert calls the Big Magic in my life. I know for years you placed the idea of a prayer and meditation garden in my heart. I am so grateful you did and for the miraculous ways you worked to make it happen.
I continued to be saddened by how few places there are in this area where people can go be quiet and at the same time feel safe and alone. I remember when I was more mobile, how I could go to a house of worship and sit in a sanctuary. However, those days seem long gone as most places are locked during non-worship hours. There are places where you can go play, socialize, or walk your pet, but virtually no where that you can just go and sit and be still; no place where you can just go and sit in the silence which is you.
This is why I felt so called to create our prayer and meditation garden. It is that space. A space where you can just meander back, sit on one of the benches, listen to the sound of the wind through the chimes, gaze out at the plants, and just be. It is a space that radiates love, light, and peace. Even when our neighbors are out in their yards, they honor the space as sacred. I find it humbling when even our neighbors meander back and sit their soaking up the silence and listening to your voices.
As I sit here and think about this, I realize how amazingly blessed I am that I get to live in this space of silence. Even on cold wintry days (although the calendar says Spring), I can sit in my dining room and gaze out into the garden and soak in the silence. When the snow is gone and the ground has dried a bit I can roll out and sit in my chair and just be still and know you are God. I sit here and chuckle as I realize my house is in your sanctuary, the space people come to sit and commune with you
I think back to when I lost my paratransit services and remember how I had to choose to make this an ashram or a jail; I chose ashram. Now years later, I realize this is where and how I live. We keep decluttering inside and outside making more space for you, your energy and your love to flow through every inch of this humble dwelling and yard.
Thank you for helping us to create this space of silence in the middle of nowhere.
Love you with all of who I am