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How to Cultivate a Soul Garden
Arlene Gay Levine


Water daily with silence.
Do not plant the seeds of your own unhappiness.
Allow the sun of your smile to shine on all.
Feed with gratitude.
Mulch with compassion.
What must be let go, prune with understanding.
Perform the humble task of weeding before
ego can overgrow the garden.
Share the wisdom of your garden with an open heart.
Stay present to the unique beauty of all lifeís seasons.
Be both the gardener and the blossom.

© by Arlene Gay Levine.
Used with the authorís permission.

Arlene Gay Levine is an award-winning poet, author, and educator who lives with her husband in New York City. Her prose and poetry have been published in The New York Times, more than 30 anthologies, and in numerous literary journals. Arlene is the author of 39 Ways to Open Your Heart: An Illuminated Meditation (Conari Press,) and Movie Life (Finishing Line Press). Learn more about her at




Post New Comment:
Vividly descriptive and appealing sustained analogy--enjoyable
Posted 05/27/2021 07:26 PM
So lovely
Posted 05/26/2021 09:53 PM
Arlene Gay Levine:
My thanks to all! With gratitude, Arlene
Posted 05/26/2021 05:42 PM
What fun!
Posted 05/26/2021 12:37 PM
Stephen Anderson:
A beautiful and interesting poem that blooms to life with the awareness of making things right in this world. Well done, Arlene!
Posted 05/26/2021 11:33 AM
Be both the gardener and the blossom. Thank you, Arlene, for the beautiful sharing of your wisdom. This poem says it all.
Posted 05/26/2021 11:28 AM
Janet Leahy:
I just came in after working in my garden, perfect timing for this beautiful poem. Thank you.
Posted 05/26/2021 11:12 AM
michael escoubas:
Wisdom and beauty fuse in delightful ways. Thank you Jayne and Arlene.
Posted 05/26/2021 10:43 AM
Posted 05/26/2021 10:21 AM
Kay N. Sanders:
Your lovely poem has reached me at a time when I needed it. Thank you, Arline.
Posted 05/26/2021 07:29 AM
Love the idea of being both the gardener and the blossom!
Posted 05/26/2021 05:46 AM
Beautiful and inspiring. Thank you Arlene!
Posted 05/26/2021 05:09 AM

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