Finding your own little secret garden

Jun
02

Finding your own little secret garden

The Secret Garden by France H. Burnett is one of those books that shaped my childhood and ignited a profound love for literature and, unconsciously, nature. Ever since reading it, I’ve wanted to find my own little haven of peace, surrounded by flowers and green pastures where I could escape the tension and hassle of everyday life and dedicate some time to daydreaming, self-reflection, and contemplation.

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A little secret area leading to a quiet spot at the park

Living in the city, I rejoice finding green spaces as I’m a firm believer in an urban/nature coexistence. Pure concrete jungle with only high rises and an absence of green scenery, no thanks. Public parks are a great way to unwind and momentarily shield ourselves from the environmental and noise pollution that come with living in a city.  An increasing number of studies point out the importance for cities to maintain an appropriate level and quality of green spaces for their various benefits, such as increasing our physical/mental health and reinforcing social connection. Coincidentally, it’s during tough and challenging times that I particularly crave the need to reconnect with nature, trying to get rid of an inner restlessness that keeps creeping in. So I go to the park, I look around me, soak up the sun, take deep breaths, walk slowly, all these things that I can’t do when I’m on the run, and naturally I can feel my head clearer and my heartbeat more regular, thus allowing a feeling of serenity to overcome me.fountain The place I found also has a little fountain and just sitting next to it for a few minutes, quietly listening to the sound of water lifts my spirits and tranquilizes my mind. Hard to believe that 2 minutes from that place, there’s traffic and construction chaos going on, but it’s actually the truth. It’s a zen spot in the middle of one of the town’s main artery.

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For the longest time, I believed that keeping myself busy 24/7 would keep dark thoughts and depression at bay. I used to associate letting my mind wander with vulnerability. However, my stance has changed: I precisely need these moments of quietness where I allow my mind to run free and learn to just be present. As if being surrounded by nature offered an invisible protection, everytime I come here, I let go of any anger, tension and fear accumulated and the looming burn out over my head disappears. After 20-30 minutes, I feel refreshed, recharged, content and blissfully calm: a state powered by nature and nothing else. Minutes where the concept of time stops, where I simply enjoy to be here.

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“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” – France H. Burnett

Have you found your secret garden?

 

 

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