Sonnewald—Lessons in Self-Care and MindfulnessOct 04, 2020 04:22PM ● By Gisele M. Siebold
Her many interests
included artistic expression, painting, singing, poetry writing, supporting
local artists, traveling and performances. She was active in her church and
remained steadfast in her belief that all of nature and each person is part of
Lefever’s mantra was
“Green is the color of life.” Her signature Weed Walks explained the use of
wild, edible plants for nutrition and medicinal healing. She found solace in
nature and shared her gratitude for all living things. She found beauty by
looking into the eyes of her loved ones, and she found peace by bringing peace
A peace activist who
believed in social justice, Lefever believed that listening with the heart
encouraged a human connectedness that led to hearing both sides of the story. She
also embraced the belief that empathy comes from deep compassion and love, and
to take a journey of peace, we must truly listen with our hearts.
Truly listening with
the heart brings forth a lesson of self-care, a mindful gift. Taking time in
nature, sitting in calm and stillness, reading a good book or engaging in
artistic expression rejuvenates and inspires. According to Lefever’s beliefs, the
rejuvenating inspiration that comes from taking care of ourselves fortifies our
inner strength to hold others in our hearts and serve them.
Her art and poetry were
deeply influenced by the beauty of nature. Lessons of mindfulness are enveloped
within her poetry, such as one from “Green Cathedral,” that suggests peace can
be received and mindfully taken into life’s daily routine. “Water rippling in
the stillness, of the quiet, green-robed glen, filled my soul with a deep
longing for this peace to take back home,” wrote Lefever.
Her knowledge and kindness
made an impact upon the people that she met and served. The Mid-Atlantic region
and beyond was influenced by the work that Grace T. Lefever did to promote
peace, justice, organic growing, natural foods, natural healing as well as love
for all creation. Her love of life and deep faith as well as the knowledge she
shared over the years are her legacy that helped build Sonnewald Natural Foods
and will last for generations.
Sonnewald Natural Foods is located at 4796 Lehman Rd., in Spring Grove. Grace’s legacy of the Weed Walks is continued today by her daughter, Willa Lefever. DVD sets of Grace’s Weed Walks are available for purchase at Sonnewald Natural Foods. For more information, visit Sonnewald.org or FaceBook.com/Sonnewald.