Spirit of Dragonflies

Kripalu Mindfulness Outdoor Experience Guide & Life Coach – Get Outside. Go Within.

Connecting to Nature in Jane’s Garden


While visiting my daughter and her family in San Diego we took a ride to her in-laws home in Santa Barbara. The weather was a bit cool and cloudy with some spurt of sunshine throughout the day. From Jane’s home we could see the ocean and bay below. We decided to take their dog for a walk on the beach. We were surprised to discover the oil spill north of Santa Barbara had found its way to the beach we were visiting. It was sad to see however I knew we had to change our thoughts in order to remain in high vibration. Not ignoring the situation, but we knew this was being worked on by those more knowledgable in this area than us. To remain in the moment, I noticed birds flying in formation overhead, my family was enjoying a few minutes of descent weather, and I was on vacation in this beautiful location.

When we can focus on the good even in a sad situation, we begin to have some control over our life. Maybe we can’t control our environment but we can control what we focus on and how we want to feel. After returning back to my daughter’s in-law’s home I walked around the garden with my son-in-law. He stopped along the path ahead of me, then ducked and told me to do the same. He was dodging a spider’s web spreading across the path. I ducked and then ran to grab my camera.

There was a world of activity and beauty in Jane’s garden.


The sun would peek out once in a while providing a perfect setting. Many of the rose bushes were spent but there were a couple of bushes still in bloom. The hydrangea were colorful and in full bloom.

Walking in the garden made me feel connected to the earth and I slipped into a meditative state while taking the photos. The bees were flying around and the closer I brought the lens of the camera to them as they pollinated the flowers the more connected I felt.


Always look for the beauty and focus on what you want in life. Your world will bring more of what you focus on so why not take a little control and focus on the beauty around you. Just as with the oil spill, while focusing on the beauty in the world and the ocean from a distance the world of synchronicity produced a YouTube video of an 19 year old who has discovered a way to clean up the plastic in the ocean by 2017. Check this out:


There is hope and solutions. One just needs to look deeply within themselves to find the answers. Focus on what you want to see in the world and then take steps toward bringing more of that to life. I may not be the one to find a solution to the oil pollution but I can bring beauty and happiness to the world. Each of us has the potential to take small or large steps toward making this world better for all. While on the beach, I couldn’t clean up the oil spill but I could pick up trash on the beach. Then I picked up the trash near the playground. While writing this I was reminded of the starfish story by Loren Eiseley:

“Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, “It made a difference for that one.”

What steps can you take today to find beauty in the world? What steps can you take today to make this world a better place?

As for me, today I decided to focus on what I could do to help the people who needed assistance with their computers. I would like to think that I was successful in bringing some relief and knowledge to the caseworkers to make their day a little easier. Their smiles and laughter made the office a little brighter even though it was a rainy, cloudy day. Wondering what steps I shall take tomorrow:)

Love and Light!

Author: spiritofdragonflies

My purpose in life is to inspire others to reach their goals, dreams, higher selves. Are you ready to transform your life forever? Allow me to guide you along the steps toward reaching your inspirational, exciting life. I am a lover of life, a certified Mindfulness Outdoor Experience Guide, Certified QSCA Life Coach, Therapeutic Touch practitioner, amateur photographer, and aspiring writer taking steps to reach my own goals and loving every minute. Love and Light!

6 thoughts on “Connecting to Nature in Jane’s Garden

  1. It is really sad what happened with the oil spill, and thank goodness you have a method to stay positive (to still enjoy the time and moments with your lovely daughter and her also lovely family). Great to remember this!

    I appreciate this post and especially to “always look for the beauty and focus on what you want in life”.

    Love and light to you too, Sandy ❤

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    • Lola thank you for visiting my site. Sometimes it is difficult to pull ourselves out of the negative but remaining there only brings more so switching to seeing the beauty brings more of that to the world. Have a beautiful day!!

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  2. Beautiful photos. I love the starfish story. I tell it a lot. There is always stuff we can do to help, even when things seem dismal.

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  3. That’s a great message, Sandy. We all can do our bit and make this world more beautiful.

    It is a Beautiful beach you’ve clicked.

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