March 2023

Spirit Garden Reflections

Asking Questions

Asking questions sets forth mortion.


Welcome to the Reflection for March!

At the beginning of this week, the weather was warm enough that I took my morning coffee and sat by the river to drink it.  The spring thaw had melted most of the ice and I could hear the gentle and rhythmic sound of the water flowing.

I had come out here to ponder all that I was working on this week, which included this month’s Spirit Garden Reflection.  There was an idea that I had been playing with, but it wasn’t quite coming together.  As I sat by the river, I was reminded of a dream I’d had this month and my thoughts began to flow in a new direction.  As I followed this new thread, it wove together a number of things that I had been exploring this month about how asking good questions can open up new awareness within us.

Earlier this month, I had been taking part in a course that had a lot of work involved in it.  One of the activities we had to do was create a marketing plan.  I found myself thinking that I am not very good at marketing.  This thought was making it hard to complete the activity.  Then it occurred to me to ask, ‘What if I was good at marketing, what would I be doing?’  This became a possibility question that sparked my creativity and opened me up to all kinds of ideas.

Sometimes, a well-asked question creates that flicker of inspiration that allows insight and inspiration to begin flowing.  Many inventions have begun with someone pondering a question.

Spring is a time when we see new life unfolding.  It is a time of growth and discovery.  Perhaps that is why I found myself pondering the value of asking questions this month.  It is through asking questions that new ideas and insights begin to unfold.

I hope you enjoy this month’s reflection and that it opens you to possibility.

With flowering blessings,


What you are seeking, is seeking you.


Asking Questions

The audio file below offers a reflection on how asking good questions opens us to possibility.  The reflection is followed by a handout with some questions that are intended to help you journal your own thoughts and experiences around this theme.  Please print these out before you listen to the audio file.

You are invited to create a comfortable space for yourself, perhaps light a candle and make a cup of tea as you take about 20 minutes to listen to the reflection and then answer the questions.  May this be a nourishing and replenishing time of some soul tending.

Reflection Questions

Please click on the button below to download the reflection questions that go along with this reflection for this month.

Life Unfolding Poem 

You may wish to download a copy of the poem, Life Unfolding, that was read during the Reflection.  Click on the link below to download your copy.


Spirit Garden Moments

Spirit Garden Moments offer a short pause in your day and an opportunity for reflection.  Below is a Spirit Garden Moment that invites us to reflect on the possiblity that opens up when we explore questions that begin with the word ‘if’.



if because of
your generosity and love
a few humans find their lives
what do you think will happen

~Ghazal 838 by Rumi, translated by Nader Khalil



Teapot and cup

When I was in college, I was the recipient of a scholarship called the Louise McKinney award.  At the time, I didn’t know who Louise McKinney was, so I had to look her up.  I discovered that she was one of the Famous Five, the group of women responsible for ensuring that women had the right to vote in Canada.  Knowing this made me want to do right by her and make the most of my opportunity to get an education.

Throughout the month of March, countries like the United States have been celebrating Women’s History Month.  In Canada, we don’t officially celebrate Women’s History Month until October.  However, so many stories are being shared this month of valiant women who have helped to shape history, I can’t help but write something about this.

Over the weekend, I was reading the Rumi poem quoted above.  This poem makes use of the wonderfully magical word, if, throughout it.  That one, small word, if, can make a huge difference.  It opens our hearts and minds to possibility.  I can’t help but think that the women who have changed history knew how to befriend this word, if.  Many of them fought with their feet, their voices and their lives to make the possibilities they dreamt of into a reality.

After reading Rumi’s poem, Ghazal 838, I began to form some of my own if questions and I offer them to you here. 

If you give the dreams in your heart wings,
What do you think might happen?

If you go for it, despite the doubt,
What do you think could happen?

If you let creativity breathe,
What do you think could happen?

If you trust your heart,
What do you think might happen?

I would invite you to spend some time journaling with some of these questions and see what arises for you.  You may discover even more possibility-oriented questions that you’d like to ponder that help you discover what might happen if you gave your vision wings.

As this month continues to unfold, may you allow yourself some time to ponder the significant women in your life.  They may be famous (I cannot imagine my childhood without Louise May Alcott’s books), they may be friends, mentors or family members.  Whoever they are, may we allow our gratitude for their shared gifts to flow through our hearts and inspire us freshly.

With the blessings of possibility,

In Closing

Spring is the season in which we see new life emerging all around us.  The birds are nesting, the tulips begin to rise from the earth and new life rises within us too.  As you move through this season, may you find that pondering questions opens the gate for new growth and possibility for you.

With flowering blessings,

Kathy by the Ocean

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