Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Being Basil

photo: anise leaf...a love letter from Mother Nature

(2:20 AM)
It is late at night, but I am still having a marvelous day. I do officially have a cold:( I don't mind it too much today since my mood and energy level are high. I got to spend some amazing time in the backyard this morning. There is SO MUCH food growing in the garden right now! I can't wait!!!!! Here is an album with some photos:

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Yesterday: 1 cocoBmax w/ 2 level t of bmax, 16 oz kombucha, arugula/spinach salad w/ tahini dressing, 1/2 cacao dessert, 1 cup blackberries, cacao dessert, 1/2 cup cream of celery soup, small spinach salad w/ tahini dressing, 1/3 cup vanilla almond fudge

Today: 2 level t of Bmax mixed into 3 blended oranges, wild blackberry/walnut salad w/ orange/anise dressing, cacao dessert (small appetite today from my cold, I suppose)

photo: blended oranges - they look so creamy!

photo: wild blackberry/walnut salad - this salad was incredible!

A little while ago I wrote about some realizations I had about bodies. I've been having more and more realizations of that sort lately. Its AWESOME! I love feeling all these good realizations pass through me. Let me go into a little more detail...

So I was out taking pictures in the garden this morning and I stooped down to take some photos of the basil. While I was down there with the basil, I began wondering what it was like to be basil. Here is a poem/thoughts I have about it...

Being Basil

Part of me is in the ground
Growing further and further into it
I am shorter than most people
I am quiet
But I sing in my own way
I just breathe
And the world is better
I am Plant
Not just any plant
I am all the plants
Not just all the plants
I am you, too.

I felt really connected to the basil and all the plants this morning. Actually, I think I might be a plant. I might be all of them...


Lisa said...

My garden is neglected. We have been working on the kitchen and I have had to play catch up on beetlework, and it has fallen by the wayside. I miss it. :(

Audry said...

Hey Lisa!
Yes, I remember you were growing broccoli last season, among other things. Well, you will get back to it when the time is ripe, I am sure:)

Valerie Winters said...

Love the garden slide show. I was unfamiliar with bubble share. I may use them when I get some of my veggies going. I also loved ‘Being Basil’. I liked when you said “I might be a plant”. It reminded me of the writing of one of my favorite authors.

“Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
21st century Vietnamese Buddhist monk and author

Audry said...

Hi Valerie!

Thank you so much for sending me that quote! It was great. I'm going to write it down and put it somewhere in my house. Maybe the bathroom or the kitchen. I've heard of Thich Nhat Hanh, but never read him. Thanks for turning me on to him. I'm excited to go read his stuff now.

Bubbleshare is fun. So is Flickr, I hear. I plan on creating a flickr account soon. Thank you for the positive feedback on my poem and what I wrote about being a plant. I feel more strongly about it each day and its really nice to know that someone else appreciated my thoughts/feelings on it:)

Valerie Winters said...

I’m glad you liked the quote Audry. My favorite Thich Nhat Hanh book is called, “No Death, No Fear.” It’s small and easy to read.