I am going to share with you how my gardening practice is transforming my life and awakening me spiritually through the way of Organic Urban Farming.
I have witnessed WHY some of us who are now drawn to start gardens or farms and leave their inward A/C comfort zones to immerse their hands outward into the dirt and grow their own food for the Body-Mind and Spirit! ? ..
Many of those who came to my gardening classes are a blessing and spiritually awakened .I have and still learn a lot from them as well in my interactive gardening classes.
One of them has recently acquired a farm in the remote mountains .It started with an awareness and a dream that came true!
Another one has just moved to a new house and wants to start an organic garden .
The spiritual link has never been accidental but always the dotts are connected through an intelligent plan of the UNIVERSE ...where we are simply the DOING dotts!
My story .
I am relocating and looking for a new place for me and my container garden here in S.Florida? Or even to an Organic remote farm to work anywhere away from the S.Florida extreme heat?Any idea?
Surrounded by a "hood energy" of drug dealers ,prostitutes and ex-fellons who run on drugs/alchohol and you name it .
I was mugged and robbed many times in a location that breeds infestation (naming bed bugs is the least)and dark ENERGY THAT SHUNS FROM THE LIGHT AND LIVES IN THE dark..The place is being transformed into a Sobriety/half house kind of !So I was asked to move to make room..I was so excited to get out while still sane and sober!I am looking for a new place and a new beginning.Are nt we all in the same track?Moving and moving..looking for new EARTH GROUNDS?Any ideas?
Plant and human lives are connected through a common GROUND:EARTH!When we are grounded in a garden we activate our ROOT CHAKRA. .It is TRUE in Real Life same as in REAL ESTATE.The golden rule(Not the same as who owns the Gold :Rules!):LOCATION.LOCATION.LOCATION!What you sow is what you reap.Where you sow is where you reap as well!
Where we ground ourselves plays a detrimental influence on how our LIFE GROWS.What(Plants) or WHO(People) we surround ourselves with defines Who we are.What kind of food we put in our Body-Mind-Spirit determines how healthy or unhealthy we are.We are all related and inter-related.The garden has a function in addition to grow our food :To help us grow and get grounded as well!Take a deep breath!
I have uprooted the dead trees and replaced them with edible flowers and guess what happened ?The drug dealers and prostitutes and ex-felons moved out .
I surrounded my place with herbs and edible flowers like sunflowers and the robbers looked and went the other way!.
But some did not like the flowers and herbs .They had their own taste for different kind of stuff to smell ,drink and eat called :ADDICTIVES! !.
To make a long story short:We live in a MOBILE culture.Speed plays a role in our lives.Fast food.Fast highways.Fast and quick you name it.We drive and we do not walk as much.We are more obeise and absene , but this is not because we have chosen to.Because ??You tell me?May be:
We have lost the connectivity with our inner root (Chakra) . We have lost the connectivity with the outer roots(Earth).We have lost connection with each others(See you once a year on Christmass!!).Then comes the Deep-Recession.
More homeless and less Homeostasis.
We are fast moving but slow in cultivating LIVE and INTIMATE communication(without gadgets).
Moving inwards to meditate and pray is a slow movement but subtle !So, we have slow food and slow money to counter the fast culture!
In early history, the garden was the place to congregate and meditate.Our first home was in the garden:The garden of Eden.The Budha moved from the palace to live under the tree.
Jesus prayed in the Garden.Our last home will be in the garden:Six foot under!
The garden helps us understand the importance of being spiritually and physically grounded through the ROOT CHAKRA ,as we sit to meditate or kneel to cultivate!.One movement as sacred as the other .We kneel to weed and sow and we sit to meditate .Then we become so so close to EARTH.The seat of the ROOT CHAKRA!
Mohandas Mahatma Ghandi once said:"In order to be able to understand how to build and sustain a mutual human relation ,you should first start to learn the process by developing a relationship with a plant!
India is the same ancient home for Yoga (Functional Movements to stretch the body and cultivate the mind) and Farming( Functional movements to cultivate food and build "human -cultural" or Agri-cultural societies).Back home we have Native Americans.Their early homes were the Tipis out in nature.Their famous say:We do not own the Earth.Instead:The Earth owns us!
Where do we belong in our fast food /fast highways/fast cyberspace culture? Are we connected ?Are we grounded to Mother Earth?
Let us give Urban Gardening a space in our lives.Let us get grounded .