Quiet Reflections

Earth consciousness has been practised by indigenous people for many centuries, often through meditation and reflection on their simple lives and surroundings.  Their attunement to nature is borne out by quotes and sayings of the wise ones passed down through the ages.  We can be grateful for these pearls of wisdom that are so applicable in our rushed lives right now.

As one who loves to meditate in quiet, peaceful places, let me share some beautiful spaces with you as we ponder on the wisdom of people gone by.

Makaranga Lodge gardens - Durban

Honor the sacred
Honor the Earth, our Mother
Honor the Elders
Honor all with whom we  share the Earth
Four-leggeds, two-leggeds, winged ones
Swimmers, crawlers, plant and rock people
Walk in balance and beauty

Native American Elder

Makaranga Lodge gardens - Durban

Earth  Teach Me

Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light
Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory
Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning
Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young
Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone
Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground
Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky
Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall
Earth teach me renewal ~ as the seed that rises in the spring
Earth teach me to forget myself ~ as melted snow forgets its life
Earth teach me to remember kindness ~ as dry fields weep with rain

A Ute Prayer

Makaranga Lodge gardens - Durban

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.

Ancient Indian Proverb

Makaranga Lodge gardens - Durban

Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.

Chief Seattle, 1854

Botanical Gardens - Hamilton NZ

When all the trees have been cut down,
when all the animals have been hunted,
when all the waters are polluted,
when all the air is unsafe to breathe,
only then will you discover you cannot eat money.

Cree Prophecy

Makaranga Lodge gardens - Durban

Have a beautiful, peaceful and reflective day!

5 thoughts on “Quiet Reflections

  1. Lauren Bowen

    What a wonderful post and beautiful photos! One wonders why after all the ages, mankind has soared in technology without the wisdom that they need to embrace the responsibility that comes with it.

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  2. Mick

    My goodness photo competition competitors (you know who you are?), we are in serious trouble this month if Mom has photos like this?

    Awesome Mom, lucky they were taken last year, therefore do not qualify for this months competition. 🙂

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  3. Jaco Fourie

    Good day

    Thank you for sharing our little piece of heaven with everybody. This is exactly what Makaranga Garden Lodge is all about! Rejuvenation!

    You captured so much through your stunning photo’s!! Well done!

    I would like to add another poem if you don’t mind. This was written on the opening day of the hotel by a friend of Makaranga named Ian McCallum:

    In every heart there is a garden, where the trees and the birds and the streams say one thing – “Here I am…where are you?”

    In every garden there is a path where every curve is a window into another world,which speaks – “Here I am…where are you?”

    In every garden there is a silence a place where one thing becomes something else and where the heart calls – “Here I am….. where are you?”

    Regards
    Jaco Fourie, GM, Makaranga Garden Lodge (Durban, South Africa)

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    1. Jane Post author

      Thank you Jaco for your comment and the added contribution. You are truly blessed to be one of the guardians of such a magic spot. We will be back!

      Reply

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