You know by now that Dr. Tae Yun Kim loves her garden. Every inch of it! It is a place of tranquility, of peace and harmony, of mediation and reflection. Here is where she wrote the following:
“Right now, I set myself free from every thought, feeling, and action that is not my true self. I allow my joy, my love, my happiness to shine in me every moment unhindered by anyone or anything. My love and joy are creating loveliness, beauty, peace, and harmony in all my actions and in every place I go. The love of my Silent Master fills all space. I know my mind is free, my spirit is free, my love is free, and everywhere I turn love comes back to me, showing me that Love is the energy of all manifestation.” (The First Element, page 162)
Dr. Tae Yun Kim recommends we all spend time as we can, outdoors, in nature, and enjoy God’s creations. Whether you go to your backyard, or take a neighborhood stroll, or wherever you can go – soak in the pure energy, be at peace, meditate and enjoy!
Sometimes you find an area in the garden that, although you pass by every single day and it doesn’t look anything special to you – suddenly you realize how much beauty there is everywhere!
I love what Dr. Tae Yun Kim has to say about this:
“One way to develop your awareness is to practice using it to appreciate the beauty around you. Appreciation and gratitude are ways of acknowledging that something is present and real. When you acknowledge and appreciate beauty, you are making it real in your world. And making beauty real in your world is another way of taking charge of your life. Because you see beauty everywhere, let this perception set you free from being a victim of self-imposed ugliness, gloom, and depression.” (The Silent Master, page 154.)
Sometimes, it’s only in your attitude as to what you will see.
In looking down to the ground, I found this little gem in Dr. Tae Yun Kim‘s garden.
And in looking up, I saw this beautiful picture:
So, wherever you look, open your eyes and your heart, and see the beauty that God has created for us!
A very special place in Dr. Tae Yun Kim‘s garden was being literally and completely overrun by Calla Lilies. They had choked out all other plants, and the gardeners dug up all the Calla Lilies to plant them elsewhere, where they could spread in peace and not endanger any other plants.
See just how tight these plants were? Time for some serious “pruning.” The gardeners were busy at work, picking up the plants very carefully and removing every last little bit of rhizome from the ground. Or so they thought.
When the following spring arrived, the Calla lilies were back more plentiful, more beautiful, and stronger than ever!
Dr. Tae Yun Kim smiled as she admired the sheer beauty and the determination of these plants! What she teaches about the human mind, also applies to plants:
“What you think is the worst thing that could happen to you often turns out to be a powerful force for good. When something terrible happens to you, use it to form determination and a purpose. You have a choice as to how you will respond in every situation. You alone determine whether an event will have a positive or negative impact, depending on the quality of your response.” (The Silent Master, page 32)
Today, let’s take a look at some intensely beautiful roses – and check out what Dr. Tae Yun Kim has to say about beauty and what it is all about:
“Beauty – like all other ideas such as love, harmony, peace, unity – is also infinite. That is, beauty can manifest in an infinite number of ways, and have an infinite number of forms. Right now, where you sit, look around and see in how many places and in how many ways the idea of beauty is manifested.
Right now, looking out into my garden, I see beautiful plants. I see beauty in my home, I see beauty in the eyes of the people I know, in the works of art, in the movement of dancers. The idea of beauty is all around you in many different forms. These forms will disappear some time, but the idea of beauty will never pass away.”
(Dr. Tae Yun Kim: The Silent Master, page 60.)
A garden provides many things, beauty and serenity, shade, sunshine, wonderful scents, butterflies, hummingbirds and of course, it can provide us with the most delicious homegrown fruits and vegetables.
Dr. Tae Yun Kim emphasizes that when you prepare and eat food, you are harnessing the energy in the vegetables, grains or meats to interact with your energy, thereby creating more energy. Naturally you always want to eat the best quality food you can.” (The Silent Master, page 72)
What is the best food? Homegrown organic of course! But what if you live in an apartment?
One Jung Suwon warrior took Dr. Tae Yun Kim‘s words to heart, and has a fully productive garden on the patio at her rental apartment. See for yourself how creative she is, and how much she has going on such a small space!
See the tomato plants and the beautiful head of lettuce, and herbs?
This is my favorite one – what a great way to grow strawberries, herbs and other delicious items on this rack!
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Dr. Tae Yun Kim has a beautiful estate, with over 1,000 rose bushes of all sorts. But there are many other plants with wonderful flowers as well.
For example, the humble Geraniums.
When I was walking through the garden recently, while admiring all the natural beauty, the following excerpt came to my mind, of Dr. Kim’s book, “The Silent Master:”
“When you begin to see yourself in your natural beauty, you will notice one thing for sure: you are an original. There is no one exactly like you. You were born with all the unique qualities and capabilities you need to fulfill your own purpose and destiny.” (page 110.)
I love Geraniums because they are so beautiful – they don’t demand much and just keep on growing and flowering in a most spectacular way.
But my most favorite picture is the one below – who would have thought that a simple Geranium could be this dramatic?
As Dr. Tae Yun Kim would recommend, let us enjoy every kinds of flowers and other plants in the garden – they are all God’s creations!
In Dr. Tae Yun Kim s garden, the Azalea and Rhododendron corner is one of my favorite places. It is such a happy place. The plants always show their best, their brightest, and always brighten my mood, no matter what it is when I first get there.
This reminds me of the great wisdom of Dr. Tae Yun Kim, as she put it in her book, “The Silent Master:”
“Whatever your material goals are, the purpose of achieving any goal is to arouse the natural joy and happiness already within you. True happiness is feeling your own spiritual qualities, not limited, negative thoughts and feelings. True happiness is spiritual because it is never dependent on just material things or material success. There is great freedom when you know this because you can never lose your joy, never lose your power, never lose your happiness, no matter what your material circumstances are.”
I love that no matter what happens around them – these flowers continue to give joy through their beauty, give strength through their strength, and give happiness by being true to themselves.
So, let us be like these beautiful Azaleas, and always be true to ourselves, no matter what circumstances we are in!