Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | May 15, 2014

Vitality

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Snail, tiny spiral in calcified membrane; inchworm, a hairpin dragon; bumblebee, a blob of velvet black and yellow; white butterfly, syncopated burst of gladness; naked bulbs, white pubic tentacles in crumbling soil; pears, children of earth and sun…

If you ever doubt life, you need only spend a little time tending a garden. You will see great diversity. Everywhere you look there will be some  dynamic event in process. Perhaps it’s the way a lotus sprouts up from the rot and mud, or the way that an earthworm dances a writhing passage through the dirt. The smell of moist earth is strangely stirring, the sight of growing trees wonderfully appealing.

No matter how well tended a garden is, there is constant entropy and disorder. That is fine. That is the way it is supposed to be. Our schemes and our aesthetics are imperfect. Our minds cannot comprehend the diversity of nature. Let nature take its variegated course. Variety is vitality.

~ Deng Ming-Dao – 365 Tao Daily Meditations


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  1. Reblogged this on OurPantheons.

  2. Reblogged this on A Suburban Druid and commented:
    Been feeling a bit washed out recently, perhaps PC-G has a point. My garden could certainly do with some work.

  3. Reblogged this on Little Green Footsteps.


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