A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Plant something

Most of us do not live in the countryside, we live in cities, towns or villages. Plant something in a box, pot or planter. Be it a flower, vegetable, spice, what ever you feel like. Then take time to water it as needed, if you have a home shrine, you already have a good source of water. A little greenery is good for us, it provides a little fresh air, but it serves as a daily reminder that we are just one small part of life in the universe, much like the plant. When the conditions are right, life flourishes, if they are not correct, then life may be a struggle. Once you have it growing, it can provide a focal point for some of your meditation.  Studies have shown that just having more greenery around us reduces stress levels. If you planted an edible plant or spice, you will find the taste is better than what you bought at the store, food doesn’t come any fresher. I have a small water wheel fountain next to my plants. The few plants and the sound of the water, help mask all the city sounds. If you don’t have a green thumb, try a cactus, all it needs besides sun, is a very occasional watering. The Buddha found sitting under a tree helpful in his mediations, even a small bit of greenery helps me connect with the natural world, as I meditate.

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