“We have to support the beauty, the poetry, of life.” ~ Jonas Mekas
What a difference it would make if we could let nature give us daily inspiration. Surely within us there would be more peace. Among us there would be more harmony if we sauntered along sandy beaches, toured through rich gardens or hiked Red Rock trails, smelled juniper and mesquite, and admired cyan-blue sky. What If we could stroll through sunny meadows or meander through shady forests?
Instead of remaining angry, instead of feeding fear, in some way, let’s let the natural world soothe us, heal us, and guide us toward peace, harmony, and respect for all people and all creation.
We may see a lot that disturbs us, but much more love and hope and courage and compassion is happening in the world now. Let’s look for that. Let’s share news of that. Let’s be a part of that. And if we can’t be near nature in some vast form, let’s bring in a houseplant, watch birds, and smell the freshness of a lemon. Seriously, there is always a way to find a little blossom and connect to it.
We can also receive daily inspirations from quotes, reflections, and stories about nature.
My forthcoming book, The Twelve Gifts from the Garden: Life Lessons for Peace and Well-Being
If you liked Gift from the Sea
by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, The Twelve Gifts from the Garden
is very similar, with flowers and trees on Sanibel Island stirring the stories instead of shells on Florida’s sister island, Captiva. Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of Anne and Charles Lindbergh and author of Two Lives
, says this about The Twelve Gifts from the Garden
In this lovely, thoughtful series of meditations on what the author calls the “simple-yet-sacred” moments of our lives, Charlene Costanzo calls upon the beauty of the natural world outside ourselves as well as the quiet wisdom that lies within us, offering strength and healing. This book is a gift of peace and comfort for all readers.
Other advance readers agree that this book will have a prominent place among inspirational gifts and best friend gift ideas and say things like:
“There is so much to learn from nature and Charlene ties it all together beautifully .
I didn’t want the book to end and I know I will read it again and again.” – Adrienne Falzone, author, The Search for the Perfect Shell and other children’s books.
“The Twelve Gifts from the Garden is a joyful read bursting with the beauty of nature and reflections of lessons learned in life. I have been a fan of Charlene Costanzo’s daily emails and books for many years. Most mornings reading her reflections give me goosebumps because they are like having a cup of coffee with God. They are what I would imagine God would be saying to me in that moment because Charlene’s reflections were inline with what I prayed the night before. This is a wonderful book to gift yourself and others!
– Gina La Benz, author of Anchor Moments: Hope, Healing, and Forgiveness
“From the very first paragraph, I felt my spirit stirred—like when you don’t know how thirsty you are until that first sip of cool water. Instantly, I was transported to an enchanted island to experience insightful gifts alongside the author. Her prose is as soothing as the scenes she describes. Charlene will renew your wonder and gratitude for our beautiful earth, and the gifts and lessons available to us all when we’re mindfully watching.”
– Angela Howell, author of Finding the Gift: Daily Meditations for Mindfulness
“Just as the waves of the sea ebb and flow, so do the currents of our lives. Charlene Costanzo’s The Twelve Gifts from the Garden, with its stunning imagery and poignant recollections, reminds us to savor the pleasures and discoveries of the day, the healing power of nature, and the joy of connection — to oneself and others.” – Maryann Ridini Spencer, award-winning screenwriter and bestselling author of Lady in the Window and The Paradise Table