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A gasp of wonder accompanies the unearthing of my first radish crop. Composted soil cakes my fingers and filters between my toes as I double dig my veggie garden until the sweat flows freely. Swiss chard, sweetcorn, peas, carrots, potatoes in piles of tyres, tomatoes, squash and the sweetest, fattest strawberries under the scorching African sun. All of these and more contribute to feeding our largely self-sufficient community.
This memory murmurs from a distant two years spent as an uchi-dechi (ull-time trainee karate instructor) on a Stilbaai farm. It enriches the playing fields of my mind, while fulfilling a lifetime’s gardening duty. I’m also left with an understanding of my mother’s (and her father’s) passion for the pastime. After all, there’s something kind of cosmic about getting down and dirty – as any kid, or enduro rider, can tell you 😀
So I gladly obliged when my Mom asked me recently to photograph her Spring garden:
Yogi Raman, the fabled sage featured in Robin S. Sharma’s “The Monk who sold his Ferrari“, draws an analogy between the mind and a garden. He explains our natural tendency to think negatively, while emphasising the importance of plucking out all negative thoughts before they have a chance to take root. Just as one would lovingly tend a garden, starting with awareness of the weeds. One of his suggestions is “Opposition Thinking”, which entails immediately replacing an undesirable thought with an uplifting one.
Great advice, with a view to nurturing a mind full of beautiful metaphorical flowers 🙂
In summary, Robin Sharma states that “The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts”. Something worth thinking about . . .
Oh, and a post about my Mom’s garden couldn’t be complete without mentioning Gypsy and Fudge, who live in one of the corners. They’re her guinea pigs – and grandchildrens’ delight! This is Gypsy tucking in, but thankfully not into the flower beds:
- The fun of teaching your children some home-grown fruit and veg truths (telegraph.co.uk)
- Bain: Harvest musings from a lousy gardener (thestar.com)
- September A New Garden Cycle Begins (glenns-garden.com)
- How’s your garden doing this year? (seattlepi.com)
All of you who are watching the Soccer World Cup will know how nippy our SA weather is. Well, Jina just loves to play in the sun, especially now! It’s one of the reasons I keep a camera close. She was rolling around so much this morning that it was tricky to take a shot, until she hopped onto the window sill for a moment’s pause. Here she is, perfectly positioned for some fill-in flash photography:
JINA sitting in morning sunlight – Johannesburg, South Africa Continue reading
Authenticity is about being.
Too much doing can lead to undoing.
Quotes to consider:
“What we are looking for is what is looking.” – St. Francis of Assisi
“Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.” – W. H. Auden
“Serve others for they are reflections of the same Entity of which you are yourself another reflection. No one of you has any authenticity, except in reference to the Original. Feel always kinship with all creation.” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Self-belief is an inside job.
Quotes to consider:
“Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.” – Unknown
“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” – Charles F. Kettering
“For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don’t believe, no proof is possible.” – Stuart Chase Continue reading
Dreaming delves deep inside.
JINA SLEEPING ON JOE’S PAW
Quotes to consider:
“A person starts dying when they stop dreaming.” – Brian Williams
“If I am dreaming let me never awake, If I am awake let me never sleep.” – Chinese Proverb
“Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.” – Victor Hugo Continue reading