Yesterday’s work day began later than usual
For one thing, I had an appointment to keep in the morning.
And when I see things like this, I feel compelled to pause & laugh & take a photo to send to a loved one
You know, Share the delight
I’m a fan of moving slower
& not a fan of rushing
(Though zippy-doodle will at times occur…)
By the time I arrived at the farm
The weekly seeding was nearly done
– Attended to by four capable hands.
As their workday soon ended, mine just began.
So I set to transplanting two flats of broccoli & early cabbage
As I worked, I began to notice myself in a state of worry.
familiar weather, worry.
The worry du jour was about the amount of time I take to do things.
In particular, at the farm
I try to be efficient, and find that I do get into a groove once I get going & practice the method necessary for the task at hand.
A system that works for this body is found & my movements become more effortless
Granted, when I pause to get more soil or more pots or go to pee, a photo might be taken…
– Like this early Spring view from just outside the greenhouse.
(Aaaaand all the following photos…)
Although I’ve received a blessing & go-ahead to take photos here at the farm through the day, a habitual groove of thinking gets going…
So I paid attention to the broken record spin of worry that was playing in my mind,
and by paying attention,
could see/feel that consequently,
my breathing became shallow & I stopped seeing what was in front of my eyes
Like being blinded by an internal sandstorm of worry So to remedy this, here was the practice du jour:
Whenever my mind went from an awareness of things at hand
to the thinking & spinning mind of worry,
I would keep taking deep breaths, and really turn my attention to what I was doing & feeling,
Instead of the loud thoughts in my head
Returning, returning, returning.
Being able to distinguish between awareness & thinking feels like a big step for me.
Take notice of the slightly yellowing seed leaves (or cotyledons) on the cabbage seedlings (below & above)
“Pleeeease pot me up!!!”
When roots find their way to the far edges of their potting soil world, it’s either time to pot up (transplant into a larger container) or transplant into soil out in the bigger world.
Since two seeds germinated in this cell, & both plants are healthy, they are gently pried apart
And set into larger pots which have some fresh potting soil in the bottom
Then more fresh potting soil is added up to where the cotyledons attach to the stem
And gently pressed down to settle in the plant a bit, but not so much that it compacts the soil
Once a tray is filled, it is watered under a fine spray of water
Which further settles the soil around the roots – and allows for the contact roots and soil want together.
75 Broccoli plants & 80 Early Cabbage plants were potted up.
155 plants in all.
It took me 3 hours to do that.
Izzy was intrigued by my hands after coming (housesitting) home from work
And she didn’t mind that it took me three hours to transplant 155 plants.
Bob seems to be patient & tolerant of my pace, but I still sometimes question if I really “fit” at the farm.
*Plagued by Doubt*
– no doubt, triggered by a mere (yet impactful) comparing thought.
A friend said to me today, “cats are unapologetically themselves”.
Even plants grow at the pace that they grow.
At the farm, moving at such a slower pace than all the others, it takes an amount of mind-effort to not apologize for myself.
To honor the animal that I am & just do my work.
A part of me thinks: o there’s something wrong, maybe I should leave, try to find a place where I fit in better.
But maybe the lesson is right here, to practice “standing inside myself”, and to learn something from just this.
Not become caught up in my own tangle of comparing my relative snailing pace, to just let that wild-bird-thought fly through.
I guess if I trust the wisdom of the unfolding of my life, & attempt to keep my eyes open to what is right here, I’ll get the opportunity to learn whatever it is I’m supposed to learn.
These are the steps where I slipped as I rushed down them one snow-covered-icy morning in February 2012 which shifted my life
This being one of the numerous incidents where I’ve thought privately or said out loud “but it wasn’t supposed to be like this”
But really, who am I to argue reality or try to control such things…?
I’m trying to integrate the unfolding of things, trying to relax…
I’ll finish this post with a poem by Marie Howe
I had no idea that the gate I would step through
to finally enter this world
would be the space my brother’s body made. He was
a little taller than me: a young man
but grown, himself by then,
done at twenty-eight, having folded every sheet,
rinsed every glass he would ever rinse under the cold
and running water.
This is what you have been waiting for, he used to say to me.
And I’d say, What?
And he’d say, This—holding up my cheese and mustard sandwich.
And I’d say, What?
And he’d say, This, sort of looking around.
Maybe this will be the memorized poem for 2015…
Wishing you all a good night
& a happy Spring