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  • Writer's pictureJill

Ten Seconds of Calm



Here in my Sequoia Backyard, I am surrounded by nature, not unlike my backyard garden, but different. I find that being near growing things calms me. Feeling excited about the little cosmos that just sprouted, seeing a wildflower that surprised me, listening to the bird on the telephone wires above my backyard -- all these things bring me back to my center.


Sometimes I just close my eyes, and drink in the sounds, or stay very still and gaze at one particular little creature, or bloom. And then I take a deep breath. Filling my lungs with air, whether it's mountain air, or backyard atmosphere, inflates my spirit, and feeds my brain.

Slow down, Jill. Focus on the growing things. Be grateful.


The picture above is the view of Farewell Gap from Sequoia National Park. Can you hear the Kaweah River rushing through the Mineral King Valley, the Mineral King Valley carved by glaciers in the last Ice Age. Nature endures.


Take a deep breath. Then go outside and be grateful for the sights and sounds around you.


Nature heals.



1 Comment


Gloria Young
Gloria Young
Jul 29, 2020

Yes, awesome view!

Thinking about your gardening blog as I walked into my garden yesterday. I realized that my worrying about changes in the Rose garden is not a problem. As in my gardens, change happens every year, actually every day.


A little about me: I'm a Master Gardener and trained in Permaculture. I live in an old Sea Captains' house in Mid-coast Maine. When I began gardening here (35 years ago) I had 10, yes, ten 10X4 raised beds. I also had a husband who loved to dig and fertilize, while I loved to plan, plant, and harvest. After my husband died, and I began "old-age slow down", I moved my gardening closer to my house so no…


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