Buddhism, veganic gardening, compassion, and the vegan life calls all to deepen our relationships with Mother Earth and each other. Live sustainably, authentically, and lightly on the Earth. Manifest compassion for all sentient beings. The world is an altar. Worship in love.
to a friend’s urging, I tried my first pomegranate yesterday. How did I live
this long without them?
love the sweet pop of the seed capsule, then the crunch of the slightly bitter seed.
I also like pretty food, and the crimson, glossy seeds are just that. There’s a
little work involved in digging out the seeds, but it’s so worth it. Plus,
there are reports that pomegranates are anti-oxidant rich, high in punicic acid,
and act as an anti-inflammatory.
they’re also high in sugar, with 24 grams per cup of seed capsules. And yet a
cup of capsules – and that’s a lot to eat – has only 144 calories. But the
bottom line is that they’re yummy, and now I have to make more room in the
kitchen for a bowl of poms. First World problems for sure.
and there I get a prayer, invocation, or mantra stuck in my head, like a song, and
spend days silently reciting it. I don’t know where these impulses come from,
but it can’t be anything but good, so I let my mind do its thing.
to Shiva – the god of the universe - with love, my mind has been repeating ‘Om
Namah Shivaya’ incessantly since yesterday at about this time. Formless and
transcendent, Shiva is the protector and transformer of all that exists.
imagine why this recitation would take hold of my mind for no apparent reason.
I know nothing of the future, but maybe I should strengthen myself for
something that’s to come. I don’t know and don’t care: this is a state of continuous
meditation, and it’s perfect.
course, I set aside about 15 of those pomegranate seeds yesterday, wrapped them
in warm, wet paper towels, bagged them, and put them in a warm spot. Because
you know as well as I that if there’s a chance I can germinate seeds and grow
food, I’ll take it. Now that I’m loving pomegranates, I may have to make space in
the garden for another fruit-bearing bush. Being a plant geek is work.