Gardeners! Something to dig into…

Garden wisdom… I was picking asparagus and onions this morning. Picking these jewels involves a technique that allows the plant to keep producing without annihilating the plant long-term. The technique is all about “feel”. I keep repeating to myself the mantra, “If it doesn’t give, let it be.” Hard to do when you’re excited about your produce… but wise. Plants know when they are ready to “give”. And when they are, they let go easily. When they need to resist they do. So, let’s look at this from a couple perspectives: the plant and the picker…

From the picker’s perspective, we have a perceived crop that needs picking… In fact, if we don’t grab it all now, we won’t have enough later. This is coming from a “lack” mentality: I will never have enough. I do this in the grocery store when I fall into the trap of the sale… when something I consume frequently goes on sale, I buy it and hoard it. When we look at a plant, as a hoarder-human, we see food – energy. The plant in our garden we see as produce… and FEAR of waste. So, we pick it all and consume what we can. If you’re like me that means a fair amount of waste unless you are a canner… and that’s another time drain. What if we could look at the plant as a transitional being? What if we picked what we needed, shared what we can, and let the rest just dissolve and nourish the earth? That’s hard for me personally, but I’m learning that what dissolves renews…

From the plant perspective, we are either giving or resisting. What would happen if you really listened to those impulses? Resisting and giving… When is it important that you resist (so that you can grow)… When is it important that you give (to let go of unhealthy emotions, beliefs, attachments)?

Anyway, just a long garden rant…this could go on and on… Horse Hugs to you all!

Sara

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