Monday, March 29, 2010

A Cancer Victory Garden™ is for memories, too

I have a very wide vision for this blog and the concept of a Cancer Victory Garden™. I am fortunate to be using my gardening experiences during the on-going recovery from my own cancer therapies. However, caring for my garden, nurturing new life, is also very important to me because having my hands in the soil both physically and spiritually connects me to all who have gone before me.

Having personally experienced deep sadness and grief from losing friends and relatives to cancer, memories of both past loss and happiness are part of my every day life in addition to contributing to my deep appreciation and gratefulness for each moment of today. Feeling part of the sacred circle of life comes most easily to me when outside in my gardens, while working the soil and tending the plants with the sun on my back, my knees on the ground, and my hands in the dirt.

Thus, I hope this blog will inspire everyone who has been touched by cancer (no matter how, when, or where you are on your personal cancer journey) to get your hands in the soil to first honor life that has been and then cherish and cultivate life for today and life still to come.

I'll end by sharing some of my favorite quotations that combine my love of the land, soil, and gardening with the deepest kinship and respect for our soil's life-force that nourishes us all.

You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet

is the ashes of your grandfathers.

So that they will respect the 
land, tell your children that the earth
is rich with the lives of 
our kin.

Teach your children what we have taught our children, 

that the earth is our mother.

Whatever befalls the earth befalls
 the sons of the earth.
If men spit upon the ground, 
they spit upon themselves.

~~ Native American Wisdom

The land is a mother that never dies.
~~ Maori Proverb

“ not merely soil; it is a fountain of energy flowing through
a circuit of soils, plants and animals.”
~~ Aldo Leopold

A garden is evidence of faith.
It links us with all the misty figures of the past who also planted
and were nourished by the fruits of their planting.
~~ Gladys Taber

Cultivating health through a garden's nourishment of both body and soul,

Diana Dyer, MS, RD

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