It was a celebration of gratitude in every person’s heart. Gratitude for gardens that offered them a respite from their hectic lives. Gratitude for the teachers who offered positivity and encouragement through their classes.
Gratitude for the peacefulness and joy that was brought to everyone who walked from the parking area through the gardens enroute to the barn to sign in before class.
Most of all, gratitude for Angela’s vision which helped to build a special yoga community through unending faith and love for her passion for teaching.This change is a time for renewal and reflection. A time to look back on the past years and notice how our lives have changed through yoga.
The energy that our garden provides is special. We hear comments from people all the time that the feeling they get here cannot be duplicated. Possibly because of the positive energy and labor of love that we continually put into actualizing our vision.
Each plant that you see has been lovingly planted by Dave and me. We don’t believe in using chemicals or pesticides and believe that everything that lives in our gardens has a purpose. We love nature and nature loves us and she rewards us with good energy. A garden is more than just plants, it’s a feeling that allows you to grow.
Throughout the last few weeks, I tired to stay upbeat each time I spoke to Angela. As I said, mixed emotions presided. Saddened by the loss yet excited for our future, I kept telling myself that I would be able to get through seeing the final yoga class on the decks, and I did.
After class, among a few close friends, Angela and Robert presented Dave and me with a token of gratitude. During this confusing time, it was something that seemed to make it all very clear for me. Written onto a card with a monarch (Angela knows my passion for the monarch butterflies) were the words that I needed to see.
Several weeks ago, I saw a photo on Facebook of this exact stone, unpainted, which was destined to be the base for a stepping-stone mandala made by Mandalas by Ariell. I really loved the idea and I commented that I wanted one. I learned that the unpainted stepping-stone had been commissioned to be the stepping-stone that was to become ours. Synchronicity happened when I needed it.
So in all of my attempts to hold back my feelings, I failed to do so at the sight of the stepping-stone. The most interesting thing is that we have kept our future plans very secret and have not discussed them with anyone. The fact that this stepping stone will “fit” into one of the proposed changes that we have planned is a synchronous message.
I constantly open myself up to the things that the universe sends my way. I’m certain that this is a sign that we are again, on the right track with what we have planned. This stepping stone will be a constant reminder that we must continue to take steps to be able to get where we are going.
It is with the aid of the “special energy” that our gardens provide that we will embark on an exciting path. (Angela refers to the energy here as “magical”). The next several months without visitors will allow us to do the necessary maintenance and construction for the expansion of our vision.
We offer our sincerest gratitude to Angela, Robert, Lucas and the entire yoga community for
allowing helping us to take the next step. A special “thanks” to Robert Ferdinand Photography for providing the beautiful photos of this event.
“A garden is more than just plants, it’s a feeling that allows you to grow.” Sandi Crabtree