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Planting Tulips on the Way to Inner Peace

Updated on November 21, 2014

The growing of tulips can be a remedy

Planting of tulips can be a way to achieve inner peace. The modern lifestyle does not leave us any time to stop and look at ourselves. We live under constant stress.

There are countless ads claiming that their products cure nervous breakdown and restore inner peace. Some of these remedies are chemicals, some are based on herbs and ancient recipes. But all of them have one feature in common. When you cease to use them, you once again find yourself feeling nervous and stressed. It's even worse with some chemicals that are addictive. To calm your nerves you should constantly increase doses.

As for me I use a simple recipe. Every spring I take two or three days vacations and go to the Tolga monastery on the Volga river to look on the growing tulips.

Photo Courtesy of aksem by CC BY 2.0

Nuns plant tulips in Tolga monastery on Volga river
Nuns plant tulips in Tolga monastery on Volga river

Planting Tulips as a part of monastic obedience

Caring for tulips isn't only obligation but a pleasure too.

It seems to me the tulips are small bells. Only we can't hear their sounds.

I had seen more exquisite tulips at the flower shows but the tulips of the Tolga Monastery make a greater impression.

Caring for the tulips in the Tolga Monastery is a part if monastic obedience.The aim of monastic obedience is the seeking of God. It is not just a following the orders, but a total giving of self to God through the deeds.

Maybe that's why tulips of the Tolga Monastery produce such a lasting impression.

Photo courtesy of aksem by CC BY 2.0

The Tolga Monastery on the Volga river.

The Tolga Monastery was built in the place of the confluence of the Tolga river and Volga in 1314.

The Tolga Monastery
The Tolga Monastery

The place of peace and beauty

There are places on our earth where peace meets beauty. You feel an amazing mental comfort in such places. In this monastery I was meeting people of different religions - Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and even atheists, and all of them were feeling the same - the inner peace and kindness.

You can come here in any time and remain in the monastery until you feel ready to return to the modern life.

You can to get to the monastery by boat on the Volga river. The whole way from Yaroslavl to the Tolga Monastery takes about an hour. It's interesting that the price of the ticket is less than one dollar.

You can live in The Tolga Monastery as long as you're willing to take part in its daily works (in caring for tulips, for example).

Photo courtesy of aksem by CC BY 2.0

Aren't they wonderful? - Planting tulips is one of the most pacifying occupations I know of.

You'll enjoy looking at these flowers all summer

Tolga monastery on Volga river
Tolga monastery on Volga river

A Brief History of the Tolga Monastery

The Tolga Monastery was founded in 1314. It was built on the place of finding of the miraculous icon of the Virgin, which has become the main relic of the monastery. The Tolga Monastery was named after the river Tolga on the shore of which was found the Icon.

At first it was a male monastery. In the Middle Ages the monastery was a place of pilgrimage for Christians from all over Russia. The Virgin Mary Icon (Theotokos of Tolga) is considered to be the patroness of the Yaroslavl land.

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At various times many Russian tsars came to worship the famous icon

Ivan the Terrible came to the Tolga Monastery in search of salvation from a fatal disease in 1553. The situation was so serious that Ivan the Terrible forced the boyars to swear allegiance to the throne to his young son.

Ivan the Terrible has left the monastery in perfect health. In memory of this miraculous healing he ordered to plant a cedar grove near the walls of the monastery. Unfortunately at the time of the Bolsheviks the grove was cut down almost completely.

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Do you believe in miracles?

On our planet there are many objects of worship where unexplainable healing the sick once in awhile takes place. Usually these are just the places where you feel inner peace.

Do you believe in miraculous nature of these cases of healing the sick?

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    • aksem profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @russianstudent14: Tolga monastery has a whole number of programs to help people in learning the life of monastery. You should visit monastery and ask any noon to help you. Tell her that you want to take part in monastery routine just for a few days. Monastery provides accommodation and food, but you'll have to help in the labor force, for example, care for flowers.

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      4 years ago

      Hello, I find your blog very interesting and am a student studying abroad in Yaroslavl. I am writing a dissertation on the life of the nuns at the Tolga Monastery and was wondering how you got in touch with them and went about asking to stay there. I am interested in experiencing their daily routine for a couple of days in order to see how the life is lived and write about it for my project. Thanks for any advice and info you can give me.

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      5 years ago

      I like their bold shapes and colors so much.

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      6 years ago

      Fantastic lens, well done!

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      Nancy Johnson 

      6 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Tulips have been my favorite flowers for ages, and now I know search for inner peace! Thank you for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      i wish i know ...

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      6 years ago

      I think tulips are a fine choice for paving the flowery path to inner peace! I'll plant yellow ones.

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Burning sage and taking deep breaths and thinking very good thoughts.

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      6 years ago

      I think taking a meditative moment can help.

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      Linda Hahn 

      6 years ago from California

      Smudging with sage is very cleansing and helps to restore inner peace.

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      6 years ago

      Very beautiful and insightful. My children are descended from Volga Germans, Germans who settled on the Volga River in Russia. They would be very interested in this lens and the monastery. And my daughter loves to plant tulips!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I enjoyed reading about the tulips at the Tolga Monastery and enjoyed seeing the pictures.

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      Squidoo Angel Blessed for creativity and wonder - and giving us something peaceful to dwell on.

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      6 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers. .I also learned some new information here.

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      6 years ago

      I didn't know about this either. Would be nice to go live there for a short period. I do love tulips and wish I could figure out a good place for them in my yard.

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      6 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Thanks for sharing. I had not known about this monastery. Blessed!

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      6 years ago

      What a lovely lens. Thank you!

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      Joan Haines 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for a dose of peacefulness in my day. "Squid Angel blessed."

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      Sharon Bellissimo 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Meditation walks for me! I love the tulip pictures

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      6 years ago

      For people in the US who are looking for a place like this, I highly recommend the Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman, Alabama. Your words speaking of inner peace reminds me of my visits there. If I ever make it to your part of the world, the Tolga Monastery will definitely be on my to visit list. Thank you!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      No idea. I love the tulip photos though!


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