Why do we raise plants? Why do we have an organic garden?
Mainly because we’re hippies.
And we’re ok with that. It actually reminds me of an Alan Watts Quote:
“And wheresoever beings exist throughout all galaxies it doesn’t make a difference.
You are all of them and when they come into being as you come into being.
You know that very well.
Only you don’t have to remember the past in the same way you don’t have to think about your work thyroid gland or whatever else it is in your organism. You don’t have to know how to shine the sun, you just do it. Like you breathe. Doesn’t it really astonish you that you are the fantastically complex thing and that you’re doing all of this and you never had any education on how to do it?”
Gardening is a truly interesting practice because if you allow it to it can aid you in understanding certain fundamental internal mental happenings.
Sounds a bit ridiculous, but “As above, so below; As below, so above.”
To assist this point, I would refer to a metaphor used by Thich Nhat Hanh, an author I have mentioned and will keep mentioning because he has many great lessons to teach us, regardless of social or mental conditioning.
In his book, The Miracle of Mindfulness, he describes consciousness as a garden and mindfulness as both the seeds and the fruit.
Daily, we plant seeds of happiness, joy, anger, anxiety, inferiority, and every other droplet in the stream of emotions that we are subject to as humans.
When we are mindful of the negative seeds, they will eventually grow or manifest into the negative crops.
Your anger, hate, jealousy, bias, and your ego are simply a product of which seeds you chose to bear fruit from. Which thoughts you allowed to control yourself, that is exactly why your life is how it is, that is why you feel how you feel. You have no right blaming your parents, no matter what has happened in the past.
You never have to justify your past, because it doesn’t exist. What exists is this moment, and at this moment I am sowing my seeds of gratefulness in the soil of my consciousness, and sowing my tomato seeds in the backyard.
This is Why We Garden
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it from without.” – Buddha
To observe the workings of our environment, it allows us to observe the workings of ourselves.
And it is such a beautiful thing, it gives us a medium to create. Creation meaning the same creative force of the universe.
Just as the forest grows dense and effectively, we are able to control that same creative cosmic force in a visible way.
That force manifests itself in our plants, and then it then manifests itself into our food.
Each plant grows unintentionally, with no meaning, no purpose, no pursuit, and no goals.
We should consider living more like this. It seems concerning, because this doesn’t mean our lives shouldn’t have goals, but they shouldn’t drive us.
We should always stop and look at the plants.
Having and Organic Garden is practical
There isn’t really a reason not to grow plants to some extent. Even if you don’t have a green thumb I promise, you can grow a beautiful organic garden!
Aloe vera seems to do better in indirect sunlight, and don’t require too frequent of watering. This is something that someone could easily grow cheap, and if you don’t know how amazing aloe vera gel is for everything, research it.
We love basil in everything, and when we’re cooking we can walk over and just snip some off our plant. If it is organic and may either run you a couple of bucks for a started plant or by seed it is obviously much cheaper.
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We will definitely address topic this later, this is definitely a large reason we started this lifestyle, so many great works on philosophy shed light on the importance of gardening, but it’s something we all could integrate into our daily lives.