As creators of reality many of us have found something in life that helps us feel the essence of ourselves. Something that makes us feel alive and connected, comforted, inspired. When life becomes confused, uncertain or frightening, we turn to our meditation, be it music or art or fishing or dance, to help us bring us back to a normal state. For me, plants are growing. All my life I have enjoyed gardening. It’s my meditation. I’ve always been fascinated by the miracle of nature that can take a small seed and turn it into a mango tree, a tomato plant or a giant sequoia. As a gardener I feel part of that miraculous process as I strive to create the environment that allows this process to work.
At the beginning of my hobby in gardening, I chose to become organic, since my goal has always been to be part of the natural process rather than to believe that humanity has discovered a better way. The use of synthetic pesticides and herbicides has proven to degrade our environment and has turned fertile production farms into wastelands and has polluted our drinking water, rivers and lakes. Although I have no scientific evidence, I believe that food grown with these synthetic pesticides and herbicides carries small amounts of toxins and can have a long-term impact on our health. More importantly, for me, using the methods of nature requires that you learn the natural process, helping me to get closer to nature, to my nature and at the same time improve the health of our planet.
For those who believe that life is nothing but an accident, take a look in your garden. There is a definite order for things. Have you ever noticed that stress makes more fruit trees grow? I learned it in 2001, when the World Trade Center was attacked on September 11th. Immediately after that event, the postal service stopped shipping large boxes as ordered by the federal government. At the time, I ran a nursery and an organic farm on Guam. Before 9/11 I had ordered several fruit tree seedlings from California, which had been suspended by the postal service. Six weeks later my box of fruit tree seedlings arrived. Each small seedling, about a foot high, had produced a bunch of small fruits. It is as if these trees were trying to reproduce before their death. Later I learned that by emphasizing adult trees, it is possible to induce reproduction and increase yield.
I was also fascinated by grafting and air layering. I once grafted five different varieties of lemons onto a tree and all of these varieties survived. Air layering, for those who may not know, is a propagation method for discovering a piece of limb from a tree, wrapping it in plastic and peat moss until it produces roots. You cut under the root ball and the plant. It will grow into a productive tree in just a year or two. Nature is truly extraordinary.
For me, there is nothing more comforting, relaxing, more meditative than sitting on the floor of my garden. working the soil with my hands, smelling the plants and herbs as they reach the sun, feeling the vitality of life around me. I know others feel the same way when they play, go out to sea, paint on a canvas or sing in the shower. We all have our meditations that bring us closer to our inner self.
Meditation is more than sitting in the lotus position, breathing slowly, staring at a candle to calm the mind. For me, meditation is the process of aligning my outer self with my inner self. My external self is the character I “think” that I am. My inner self is the creator of that character and the part of me that lives my entire creation. When you are doing something you love, you know that you are closer to your inner self, for the source and essence of your inner self is love.
Source by Paul C Bassler