It seems as if every day recently finds me engaged in a conversation about "busy-ness". SO much to do! Pressure! Stress! Many people I've spoken with (including me!) have longed for a few more hours in each day. It's a busy time of year for people of many different lifestyles, but we gardeners and farmers are acutely feeling the crunch to "get the plants in the ground!".
I've had many opportunities to practice mindfulness during this busy-ness. I've focused on feeling the joy of the little tasks and not getting lost in the more stressful "big picture". Amy and I had a joyous Wednesday afternoon together in the garden. The day's list had at least a dozen items. She reminded me...we can just pick one and enjoy it. Then maybe another and another. As we weeded garden beds we sunk into the familiar rhythm together. We celebrate our 36th anniversary (What? I'm that old?!?) next week. For at least 34 of those years we have gardened together, worked opposite each other on a garden row, planting, weeding, harvesting. It was the highlight of each of ours week. The ease and intimacy of that familiarity is bliss.
Today I was in the kitchen alone all day, preparing food for the Children of the Wild celebration dinner. I began to think of the dozens of tomato and pepper plants asking to be planted; of the knee-high rows of weeds waiting to be forked; and of the red clover, nettles, and mint wanting to be harvested. And I brought myself back to the simple joy of chopping vegetables, scooping cookies, shaping bread, and creating beautiful foods. And the joy of feeding people I care for. And the joy of sharing love through the act of cooking.
And I felt (feel) so very blessed to be able to do the things each and every day that bring me the greatest joy and satisfaction. The tiniest tasks transform into the biggest of smiles. I wish each of you mindful moments of quiet joy this week.
is open for business. The updated list of plants
available in Amy's pollinator nursery is now posted on the website. All of Amy's plants have been chosen for their usefulness to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. We hope you will stop in for a visit and to chat about how to improve your garden habitat for pollinators. The bees and butterflies are out and about!