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The spiritual-human duality dance creates an inherent sense of tension in our minds. Those who tend to resonate with the ideology of selflessness and letting go of the ego understand that a life centered on having material possessions is not in the end, fulfilling. The ideal mind would be to experience materialism without attachment.
We often hear the phrase, “You are a spiritual being in a human body”. But this begs the question, what is it to “be” spiritual versus being human? This is where we get confused. It’s our meaning of what we consider the terms ‘spirituality’ and ‘humanness’ that we have not fully reconciled.
To me, a gardener as a profession is ranked in society among those activities belonging to the service industry. They cater to individuals or businesses and lack more advanced education or credentials. They are the house cleaners, the maid, and the janitor.
They are not revered in society as are other professions who are in positions of power, control, influence or fame. Unfortunately, we label ourselves and others by what they do rather than who they are. Our identities are wrapped up in our work and people judge us initially by what we do for a living. Until we get to know the real person behind the veil of their profession, we are predisposed to classify everyone accordingly.
When people are on the spiritual path, they can be at any level: starting out or just awakening to the possibility that there is more to life than beer and football. People start to awaken when they seek out answers that reveal the nature of the Universe, its mysteries, the truths, the mechanisms of how the earth works and how we as humans can become something beyond what we know and comprehend.
We see others who seemingly have “all the answers” . Using various forms of knowledge that is based both on physical reality and metaphysical theories, we seek out their advice, their guidance and follow them along on our journey. As we learn, we tend to develop a filter and develop a set of antennae that is programmed to gravitate to a particular ideology or vibration. Since everyone is at the core, talking about the same thing, we cannot go down every road at the same time. We can however, pursue a path and change paths, all the while learning of different viewpoints and explanations of our true nature, how to live, how to feel, and how to just BE that you are ONE with anyway.
Garden and nature related quotes always have profound meaning to me, hence my sharing. It is good to have a garden to visit and ponder such quotes. Take this one for instance:
“There is a little plant called reverence in the corner of my soul’s garden, which I love to have watered once a week” –Oliver Wendell Holmes
What if your garden was your soul? What if you revered your garden and all it means to you as sacred space? The impact of that quote brings personal relevance and allows you to experience the feeling behind the wisdom.
I water my garden more often that once a week. In fact, I don’t actually do the watering – having an automatic irrigation system. I do however, often go over and watch when I hear the system turn on. I like to experience what it may be like for the plants and soil to receive the watering. Almost like a feeding or type of cleansing.