I have been a gardener since my younger days. Everyone who toils the soil knows to listen to the earth, the wind, the sun, the animals, the water, and of course, the plant. You become a tenderer and you are tendered back in this relationship. It is dynamic and alive. You can do everything "right" but it still doesn't guarantee the best crop. It is about probabilities and chances along with moon cycles and seasonal changes. There is care given to the young seedling and awe to the maturing blossoms. There is acceptance of each stage of the growing cycle. This includes sacrifice of some plants to creatures who like to nibble on them in the dark. There are choices to be made as preferences select certain edibles over weeds. There is an appreciation for each stage. One learns deeply about impermanence. Gratitude is harvested as vegetables are shared. There is a slowing of time away from the digital clock as one learns to watch the light dance with its shadow. Patience is rewarded by time revealing itself as flowers imbue their fragrance.
My name is Kathrina Peterson and I invite you to participate in this forum around awareness and movement. I have been a Buddhist meditator for over 20 years and have been exploring in depth what it means to develop as a human being: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. This is my passion, both on a personal and a professional level. I welcome you to share thoughts around what it means to be awake.