sowing the seeds of mindfulness

Sowing seed is not an act of will, it is participation in the divine force of creation, it is participation with the force of life; to renew itself. In sowing seed you are present at the conception of a new batch of plants – be present. Be awestruck. Be joyous. Be mindful.

With diligence read the seed packet or recall from past experience the requirements of the seed to germinate. Does it need light and so a surface sowing, does it germinate in darkness so a prod of a pencil tip to set its depth in the growing media to success? This attention to detail is being present to the life process requirements of the plant. Taking it seriously, not just dispersing seed any old way and leaving it to chance, is not just due diligence but respect. Respect is a loving kindness, it is an open heart, it is an awake presence to the under taking.

Bring your awake presence to every stage; to filling the compost tray or making the drill or fine tilth in the earth. Put or manifest the intent to success in every action. Feel the seed in your hand and carefully deposit it into its position to grow. Consciously water it to its requirement. This may be a gardening task that you do regularly, almost on a muscle memory, automatic, without experiencing but why not experience it anew by doing it as if for the first time, by letting it be the full focus of your attention. By being here and now with it.

Garden contemplation: Seeds are primed to germinate under the right conditions – so too we gardeners under the right conditions can be renewed and burst forth with fresh life.

About The Holistic Gardener

author of wellness books, columnist, keynote speaker.
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