The Process

23 Apr

Tulips from the front garden.

“Oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ

tát savitúr váreṇ(i)yaṃ

bhárgo devásya dhīmahi

dhíyo yó naḥ pracodáyāt”

English translation: “We meditate on the adorable glory

of the radiant sun; may he inspire our intelligence.”

Every gardener has their own process. Special shoes to slip on before heading to the garden, a pair of gloves to fit into, a pair of shears to tuck into their apron, a long sigh of anticipation, a smile of expectation. For me, gardening begins with Gayatri Mantra. A Sanskrit mantra, Gayatri invokes the Sun, the light, the force of the Universe to strengthen our prayers, to give power to our intentions. What better way to approach the garden than to ask the Sun to protect our process!

When I first started gardening, I was always so afraid of unintentionally killing plants, of being unable to keep them alive. After a while, I have come to understand that it is inevitable to kill plants. Some will die through no fault of our own. It’s not us, it’s nature! Some live, some die. How presumptuous of us to believe that we have control over life and death!

Sure, the more you garden, the more you understand your plants. The more intune you are to your plant’s signs. More water, less water, more sun, less sun… It become less formulaic and more intuitive. Less plants die at your hands, but some will always die. It’s the inevitability we all face: sure death, our only certainty.

I chant the Gayatri mantra so that my intentions are strengthened, so that I slow down, strip down to the core of my human form, that which is nature, that which is dirt, just like my plants. And from that notion of sameness I can approach them not from attachment to their result, but from the joy that comes from basking in the sun with my spiritual equals.


6 Responses to “The Process”

  1. Jorge Carrerá June 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Yo tengo 2 rosarios tibetanos con los que hago mis plegarias. me encanta sentirme tan identificado. me impresiona mucho. un beso!

    • michellethegrower June 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

      Gracias! Si, el Universo es vasto, pero estamos todos conectados! Abrazos!

  2. Jennifer June 9, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    Absolutely lovely. Thank you for visiting my site and thus introducing me to yours. Thank you for vibrating the web in Colorado . . . I look forward to reading more!

    • michellethegrower June 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

      Thank you, Jennifer! We seem to be radiating similar vibrations, of love, of kindness, of freedom within our cotidian moments… cheers! May you enjoy glimpses of truth this weekend!

      • Jennifer June 10, 2012 at 6:49 am #

        I have long had the sense that I’m participating in the growth of a new culture and it is nothing short of thrilling to find resonance with the intentions, ideas and actions of others across the United States. It makes me feel that we are powerful and we will succeed in crafting a new storyline for our children and the seven generations to come — one choice at a time. Okay, onward to the garden!


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