Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Digging in.

I wrote last time about balance, and the need to find it.  Since then I had an epiphany about part of why my balance is off, and while I haven't fully decided what steps to take, just the realizing of it has helped me feel a lot better.

Usually when we feel out of balance, its more then one thing, which makes it so there's no easy "fix-all".  With each step though, we can start to see a little more clearly, and can find things to help with the rest.  Now that's its finally getting warmer, and isn't threatening to rain every day, I can get outside and start working with the earth again.  The earth is well rooted, and huge source of balance for us.  We stand on it after all, and steady ourselves, dance, walk, run, and meander upon it.  Digging into it can be deeply rewarding.

There are lots of things about yard work I've never cared much for since I have allergies.  Mowing the grass usually puts me down for the day.  However I have always loved flowers.  I love planting them, growing them, giving them, and receiving them.  Every spring when the weather finally turns I start looking through the plants at various stores and driving my wife crazy until I've found what seems good this year.

Here's my start for the year.

I'd have to go double check what these ones were called again, but they kinda jumped out at me as I looked around.  I've got a few others now as well, and just picked up a large pot that I can get them into in the next few days.  That one is going out into the front yard to keep our new neighbors from parking on it....don't ask.

Working with the earth is also quite meditative.  You generally have plenty of quiet time, digging, potting, planting, watering...and naturally there's something magical in helping to create and sustain new life.  Need some help finding your balance?  Get outside, and plant some roots...and maybe a nice walk in the park stopping to smell some flowers (lilacs are really getting into bloom here), and maybe hugging a tree or two.

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