Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise nor blame.
~ Thomas a Kempis
A Place of Potential Peace and Tranquility
“For me the appropriate metaphor for the inner spiritual centre is a garden, a place of potential peace and tranquility. This garden is a place where the Spirit of God comes to make self-disclosure, to share wisdom, to give affirmation or rebuke, to provide encouragement, and to give direction and guidance.
When this garden is in proper order, it is a quiet place, and there is an absence of busyness, of defiling noise, of confusion. The inner garden is a delicate place, and if not properly maintained it will be quickly overrun by intrusive under-growth.
God does not often walk in disordered gardens. And that is why inner gardens that are ignored are said to be empty.”
© by Gordon MacDonald
From Cultivating Our Spiritual Garden