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Peace Garden

The function of a peace garden is similar to that of sacred space. It is a reminder to slow down, take a deep breath, and remember what’s ultimately important. It can be as small as a container on your kitchen table, a corner of your garden or a large community garden where people can gather to celebrate. If it is to be a community garden, start with permission from the property owner if it’s private land or the proper elected authorities if it’s public land. Be sure to have a solid plan and try to get sponsors like local garden centers, garden maintenance companies etc. Involve the press to gain support and recruit volunteers. When finished, the community can use the space to celebrate holidays, host small concerts or simply as a destination to enjoy solitude or in small groups to enjoy serene moments.

No matter how big or how small, Your garden will be a perfect place for meditation, reflection and sharing. I hope you find the photos below inspiring!

a moment of mindfulness

serenity now

succulent water garden with blue glass pebbles

personal stress free zone

tranquility for two

grass stools using old tires for community garden

mosaic paths are a great community project

mosaic art used on a wall

Decking and water features also great community projects

Decking and water features also great community projects

community garden in a derelict site

community garden in a derelict site

edible peace garden

edible peace garden

small community garde

small community garden

peace garden in Hawaii depicting our Milky Way Galaxy

peace garden in Hawaii depicting our Milky Way Galaxy

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I spent the 40th anniversary of Woodstock literally getting back to my garden which has been sadly neglected.

My garden was planted with a lush and unruly look in mind because:
a. I don’t have much free time to tend it
b-z. Unruly is one of my favorite words (up there with incendiary and incandescent)

But…at times it becomes necessary to give it some attention and I struggle with the questions it poses. What gets cut or pulled and what is allowed to continue doing what it does? My garden is tiny. Against all reason, I planted a species of bamboo (Bambusa Oldhamii) which becomes immense and I have derived much vicarious pleasure watching it grow over the past 5 years. So far, I have not had the heart to nip any of the new growth in the bud, although at this point it may require a chain saw to do so. This years growth is 4″ in diameter. It stands just outside my bedroom and I can imagine it coming up right through the floorboards. This thought is both mildly alarming and tremendously appealing to me as I would love to sleep and wake up amidst a stand of bamboo. It feels as though a powerful, wild and untamed spirit is living in my garden. I look up and imagine being held aloft by its strong and pliant branches, like the actors in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.

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I had tried getting into a bonsai frame of mind with the safe, predictable and tame “lucky bamboo” before I planted the real thing, but it just didn’t work for me.

“My spirit has suddenly remembered itself
like a bonsai remembering the forest.
Its keeper comes home to find it grown straight and tall
Roots through the floorboards into moist, black earth.
Branches through the ceiling into moonless sky.
With fireflies flickering all around it.”

Peace, Yvonne www.lunaguitars.com

new growth week 1

new growth week 1

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new growth week 6

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