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In the Garden: June 30, 2013

Gardening has become deeply integrated into my experience of living a healed and healing life. It is not that I think anybody has to garden in order to get close to God, or to eat healthy, or foster sustainability. And I absolutely don’t believe that a diligent and sustained practice of A Course in Miracles means gardening (or canning or freezing or jamming and so forth). On the other hand, we take our joy and our meaning where we can, and share it as best we’re able. There’s a lot of peace and grace to be found here.

It’s time-consuming to be sure: Chrisoula spent several hours this morning mulching potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower and onions. It’s hot and grubby – and if you’re averse to the sorts of critters that call moldy hay home – disgusting. On the other hand, fresh potatoes are amazing. And the cabbage yields up many quarts of sauerkraut that last most of the winter.

Gardening has also become – for us – a communal endeavor. We work with two other families to create a garden that is larger than what any one family could manage on their own. Many hands do indeed make light work – or lighter work, anyway. And it’s good to build community: share a vision, settle differences. Between here and Heaven – on the way from one to the next – I am grateful for the bounty of summer.

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  • sally June 30, 2013, 6:52 pm

    What a happy surprise producing visual Joy for me, looking at and reading this lovely little expression of your and Chrisoula’s expereinces with your ‘brothers’. My poor 5’+ tomato plant in my Container on my balcony, seems to be telling me, in this ONLY 111 degree heat today, that it is too tired to complet these last 2 little tomatoes. But the ones that did complete their life DID taste just like the ones I ate as a kid, from my dad’s garden . So I do choose to see the pepper plant about to bloom, also in the container as Living Things, thus the life force within them can only come from God. I feel connected to these plants and seeing them seem to suffer , this will be my last container garden and my next will have to be a Indoor Aerogarden , a gift from my daughter in Flagstaff.
    I will feel a loss as my last 3 yrs. have been spent encourgaing my small gardens to grow, and they did their best, and I appreciate that.

    • Sean Reagan June 30, 2013, 7:09 pm

      Hi Sally,

      Thanks for the kind words. It’s always so nice to hear from you.

      Any plant is beautiful and alive – and yearns to grow and give – like we do, at our best. I think our gratitude towards them is so significant. My grandmother used to tell me how important it was to talk to plants and tell them we love them and all of that. There is something wonderful about homegrown food – keeps us close to something. I think it’s the spirit of gardening that matters – not how big the garden is, or how prolific it is, or where it is – but just that we are making contact with the love of it, the desire to make things grow, and give life and receive life, and all of that.

      My God – 111 degrees. I can barely stand 80! Stay cool . . .


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