As many of us turn our thoughts to growing something beautiful or edible–or both!–in our gardens, it can be sweet to do a simple ceremony to help us connect with the unquenchable forces of life in the garden, and to celebrate its power to grow what we need.
Here are a few inspiring suggestions to help you devise the garden blessing that is right for you. You can even do a blessing for a windowbox or container garden!
Choose any of these options, or meld them to create your own individual garden blessing.
1. Stand silently for a minute or two. Consciously bless the day, your fellow gardeners, if any, the nature kingdoms and the day’s work. Become aware of individual energies blending with the energies of everyone and everything in the environment at that moment. Reflect on the idea that in the unity of life, spirit and matter are both divine. It is your responsibility to nurture the spirit and form of the plants in your garden. Think of you and your garden in loving partnership. Give thanks to the One.
2. Sprinkle a tiny bit of tobacco or cornmeal in each of the four directions in your garden, thanking that direction for its teachings. Thank the life force of the Great Mystery as it manifests in this patch of earth. Place yourself in service to the Mystery and to the garden, so that together you may grow fertile, beautiful crops and flowers.
3. Plant a small crystal and a strand of your hair in each corner of your garden, pledging yourself to anticipating your garden’s needs for water, food, and care.
4. Make up a short prayer, such as: “Blessings on you, hopeful garden, with your earthy strength and power. May all that grows here be of benefit. May I serve you with an open heart. So be it.” Or read a poem or prayer aloud (There are many wonderful garden poems and prayers in the anthology Earth Prayers, edited by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon). Or sing a short song.
5. Stand barefoot beside your garden and feel the solidity of the earth. Think of the minerals your body shares with the earth. Now connect with the air that flows into and out of your lungs, keeping you alive. Think of the oxygen produced by the green plants that you breathe in, and the carbon dioxide you exhale that they breathe in. Think of the fluids flowing through your body–the blood, the tears, the sweat–and the rain that will bring life to your garden and whose moisture is so like your own. And think of the warmth of the sun that encourages your garden to grow, echoed in your own self by your energy and the heat of your aliveness. Love the garden, love your body, love the universe.