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Mama of Sanctuary Forest Garden
Mama of Sanctuary Forest Garden
The Nature world is not just a therapeutic healing space but in truth, we find our true self while we let the forest finds us when we immerse, contemplate, witness and absorb into the forest in silence. She opens up our eyes, ears, senses, heart and soul to enter into our very being within through and in the forest.
We can truly find and know self through and in the Nature world.
The Nature in the forest is true and authentic. She presents as who she is. She will never lie about who she is.
If the tree does not do well or feel well in the soil, she will show up on her growth.
The bird follows his or her intuition and be guided by it.
How the creatures of the Nature world is
Is authentically presenting where they are.
If a pup is happy, he or she will show it.
To many extent, they are just like us, human.
A pup, like a child, will be curious, playful, fearless, full of enthusiasm.
Unless he or she suffers a trauma or experience, it will alter and change the way she or he is towards her or his environment.
Is it not the same for us?
As I listen and contemplate in the silence of our Sanctuary Forest Garden,
as we witness what is going around in our forest,
we discover and find ourselves more and more.
My husband, Jeroen, is a very kind man,
who truly genuinely has a love for Nature.
I call him the animal whisperer.
His kindness is inherent.
His love is unconditional.
By the way he treats animals,
by the way he understands animals,
by the way he thinks about our forest.
This kindness is inherent in us,
Each of us, as human, is kind.
A very insightful conversation arose as we sat on the table in our living room.
I crocheted while he downloaded his photographs of the Buzzard family.
Through his lens, he captured the relationship between the babies and the mother.
I said to him, 'Do you know that you have such a big heart and kindness towards the animals and Nature?'
He smiled and looked at me, 'Is true.'
This kindness is your true self, your true you, who you are.
This kindness is love.
And it is in all of us.
The need to please others is not kindness nor is love.
Though it may seem to be the quality of kindness.
In reality, it is not.
It is just the need to please others so that we can be accepted.
However, the kindness that you naturally care for, love for the Nature world is truly love that is coming from within you.
And that is who you are, your true self.
Our conversation opens another insight for us especially for me.
I ever wrote this, 'Children and animals bring out the best and worst in us.'
This I am certain about.
I find myself in the Nature and in the Nature Kingdom world.
Nature does not lie.
Nature presents as who she is.
I always let the forest find me
and in return I find myself,
My True Self.
* Elizabeth and Jeroen have moved to their Sanctuary Forest Garden in the country side where the farm areas are. She lives a semi-hermit contemplative life. She devotes her time in the forest, contemplating, witnessing their forest, other than attending to her garden, and the creatures in their forest with Jeroen or alone. Jeroen has a love for photography. Photography is his way of contemplation of finding himself. He loves taking photos of their forest. Though he does not own a long lens, he managed to capture the wonders of the forest. It is not just the photos itself, what is very precious is what he sees and witnesses through his lens at that moment. The moment is precious. It will never come or happen again.
Before they move into their forest home, they had walked and trekked the forests and the Nature world. They love the Nature that they follow their soul and heart desires to live in the Nature, outside of the city.
Elizabeth opens her Sanctuary Forest Garden for contemplative retreats or guided walk in silence whether it is a day or a retreat itself. Those who step into the garden will find a gift for themselves which is their true self through and in the forest. If you like to have contemplative retreats, prayers, walk..., contact her for what is possible. She will provide the direction and accompany you in the walk of finding yourself in the forest. Their Sanctuary Forest Garden is in her most wild, organic and natural state now where they let the soil rests and recovers before they grow their food forest for themselves next year as well as a living space for the creatures in their forest. They grow the art of living in harmony with their forest and a home not just for themselves but also for the creatures in the Nature world. *
Shalom! Blessings! Love To you!