2005-06-24 / Columnists

Health & Harmony

The Seeds of Summer
By Dr. Nancy Gahles


DR. nancy gahlesDR. nancy gahles The summer solstice reigned in her glory as the sun appeared to stand still at midday. Radiant light all day illuminated us. The huge full moon at night continued to reflect that light. Indeed it was the longest day of the year.

The light draws people out from their homes. Living on a beach block, I am privy to the flow of activities associated with a day of sunlight. There is always a sense of joy as people make their way to the beach.

The seeds of summer are strewn along the way. There is chatter that is more light hearted and animated while walking to the beach. There is more laughter and giggles as the children brim over with delight. The anticipation is palpable in the people passing by. They go on bikes, on foot and pulling wagons. They wave to me and smile as they pass by and comment on my newly planted flowers.

The seeds of summer are strewn along the way. Being nice is de rigeur. People want to have a good time. They want to relax. This is the idea of vacation. To relax. To be away from the stresses of everyday life. To be just who you are, without the pressures from outside forces.

The seeds of summer are planted in our nature. They are there for us to nurture and cultivate every day, sunshine or not. The seeds of summer, the seeds of uninhibited joy and relaxation are a very integral and basic part of human nature. It is the basic design of our beings. Cultivation of our inner garden merely takes the conscious awareness of its existence and the desire to make it grow. As with any garden, it takes some tending. Depending on your personality, you might start with seeds if you are the type who likes to see the plant develop from a tiny starting point. If you are a person who likes immediate results, you might want to put plants in that are already in bloom. Either way, the garden still needs tending. The idea is to recognize your nature and give it fertile soil, light, air and nutrients to flourish. It is always a delight to watch nature unfold in all it’s glory. It is always gratifying to see the beauty of the flowers that bloom. It is always pleasurable to eat the fruits and vegetables that our gardens produce. It is always soul satisfying to become all that our natures imply. Destiny manifesting in attitudes of health and harmony that multiply as we harvest thoughts and actions that feed us all rightly.

The seeds of summer yield a harvest that is bountiful and more than enough to sustain us through the harsh times. Thoughts of kindness, acts of neighborly consideration benefit all concerned. Take time to breathe into the depths of your being and connect yourself to your own true nature and to nature itself. Experience the way that the waves roll into the shore. Watching how nature unfolds in the flowers that bloom and the way that the vegetables ripen gives us insight into our own process. The truth is that we, as human beings, are also a part of all that we see around us. Making that connection plugs us into a reality that allows us to operate and cooperate within the greater system of consciousness. The one that works indubitably for our good and the good of all.

I always ask for help in making these connections, especially when my energy or my focus flags. Here is a prayer that I use and one that you may find useful when planting your seeds of summer.

Give me a candle of the Spirit, O God, as I go down into the deeps of my being. Show me the hidden things, the creatures of my dreams, the storehouse of forgotten memories and hurts. Take me down to the spring of my life, and tell me my nature and my name. Give me freedom to grow, so that I may become that self, the seed of which you planted in me at my making. Out of the deeps I cry to you, O God. –George Appleton.

May The Blessings Be!

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