Friday, August 09, 2013

Plant ahead: a spirituality of pea seeds

Today, a first sign of life. A check of the vegetable garden and the peas are up. I love growing peas. They emerge so strong and vigorous.

As I stood by the garden, it seemed deeply spiritual. I’d almost forgotten these fragile green signs of life. The last few weeks have been intensely demanding.

But that’s the way with seeds. There’s a spirituality that allows you to be other absorbed, be distracted, concentrate elsewhere. And all the time, things are germinating, softening, beginning to sprout.

A few months ago I did this at work. I planted some seeds. A lunch meeting, an email, a request for a conversation, a letter suggesting a possibility.

This week they sprouted. Still not strong enough to say more. But visible. A spirituality of planting. Plant ahead and wait, trustingly, hopefully, gratefully.

Posted by steve at 07:02 PM


  1. Love to hear of gardening spirituality! I’m also remembering some seeds that have not germinated! Read instructions again – put in freezer for few weeks before planting! Now you know I’m with you on spirituality of gardening – so what do you make of this? Right now I can think of material for the freezer!

    Comment by Olive Fleming Drane — August 10, 2013 @ 10:23 am

  2. Thanks Olive.

    What you suggest is a fascinating twist – that sense of things that take a long, long time to germinate. Makes me think of Simeon and Anna – all those years in the temple, waiting for Messiah. Certainly many a year “frozen” in waiting


    Comment by steve — August 11, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

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