"When you plant seeds in the garden, you don’t dig them up every day to see if they have sprouted yet. You simply water them and clear away the weeds; you know that the seeds will grow in time. Similarly, just do your daily practice and cultivate a kind heart. Abandon impatience and instead be content creating the causes for goodness; the results will come when they’re ready."
— Thubten Chodron
We laugh and cheer each other on in rowing class and I beat my best split time by a few seconds. Like counting my breath, counting my pulls, helps me to focus on something else beside the numbers on the machine and I find myself in a rhythm, eyes closed, just me and my rower.
I come home and spend time in the garden, spotting the tiniest of green beens and zucchini, which I will pick tomorrow for dinner. I see the snow peas are about done, leaves are yellowing and drying up. This too is a spiritual act. I water with my clippers close by and the weeding bucket. My hands know just what to do without even thinking as I move among the beds. The task is calming and peaceful and feels so normal. 30+ years of gardening will do that to a woman I think. The dog and I set in the grass after I am done and I feel blessed and full.