Misc #9: SPICE of Life: Spiritual

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 09-21-2010 11:41 AM 12100 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I almost forgot to finish off this SPICES of LIFE Series!

The last developmental aspect of gardening is “Spirituality”.

For me, this means:
  • appreciating and respecting nature;
  • it means being in awe of the little things such as a new bud on a flower or a sprout forcing its way through the ground;
  • it means treasuring all things as gifts;
  • it is the “giving back” part of the reciprocal relationship with all things;
  • it is that feeling of connectedness when one’s hands sink into the soil and the feeling of bliss as the sun’s rays touch one’s cheek;
  • it is knowing that there is so much more to this Universe than mankind;
  • it is taking time to smell the roses;
  • and…


-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 09-22-2010 01:58 AM

Debbie you are ending your series on SPICES OF LIFE on a very important note. All the points you have mentioned are so true. Nature is so generous that you sow one seed and it gives back in multiples. One looks with awe how genetic information is stored even in a tiny seed that gives you beautiful flowers and fruit. No wonder most of the saints are full of praise for the vegetable and animal kingdom. One must respect nature and save the world from catastrophy brought about by the selfish Human.


-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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posted 09-22-2010 06:22 AM

This reminds me of the farcical title of many recent shows, documentaries, articles which are variations of ‘how will we save the planet?’

Haha – the planet has survived for billions of years before us, it will survive for billions of years after us ( at least until the sun goes supernova). It’s not the planet we have to worry about. Nature will always win and lets not forget it.

So, for me, if there is a spirituality, it’s the respect that comes from knowing that nature will always win. You can either work with it and harness the power or against it to no avail. How humbling is that to our feeble minds.

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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posted 09-22-2010 06:34 AM

good points …. good points… good points. :)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 09-22-2010 07:24 AM

Gardening and farming for me is often a time of meditation. While I am working in the soil, I usually feel peace and joy. In addition to producing tasty, nutrient-dense food for myself, family and friends, working the soil also helps feed my soul.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 09-22-2010 08:44 AM

I can’t think of anything to add to everyones thoughts on this subject but I sure do agree with everyone.

-- Bon,Hastings, 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 09-23-2010 10:58 PM

Mrs Debbie I concur Yes gardening is like poetry only absorbed into the mind over time. The interests of each person is shown in there gardens. Sharad people and animals are selfish by nature as well as plants its for survival who gets the last drop of water/food so dont be so judge mental about the human race the betterment of life is what we all should strive for. Whatever your passion is run with it and be the best stewart of the knowledge you can.


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posted 09-24-2010 05:53 AM

we “should” strive for that … Gardening, I think, keeps us focused on this goal. The betterment of life.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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