Monday, February 7, 2011

Ordering Seeds

I ordered seeds yesterday--mostly seeds for the vegetable garden. My first step was to look at the inventory of seeds i already have. Somehow, i have enough bean seeds--bush and pole, yellow and green--for the next 5 years.

Still, i was missing a few key ingredients and ordered about 10 packets--a broccoli mix, some small cabbage, and long cucumbers.

Planting seeds is one of my favorite gardening activities. I prefer growing my own (despite the unpredictability) to buying 6-packs of nearly mature plants.

Our actions--also called karma--plant the seeds of our future actions. We call them habits. Some habits seem harmless, others don't serve us, but the force of habit carries them on in our lives with the momentum of a river. Swimming against the current is difficult.

Take a look at the habits you are growing in your life. The habits of maintaining the body seem harmless. Simple add mindfulness to brushing your teeth and getting dressed.

How about the habits of the mind? What seeds are you watering there? Kindness or irritation? Generosity or desire? Wisdom or confusion?

Plant seeds of kindness and mindfulness now in order to reap a bountiful harvest at the end of the season.

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