The body is a teacher in the way that nature is a teacher. She reveals truths that are inconvenient. She pushes you to do things that are hard — not to make you into something you aren’t, but to help you claim and radiate who you really are. She wants you to free yourself of the standards you’ve been trained to attune to. She wants you to unabashedly do you.
Gardening is not just a set of tasks. It’s not restricted to backyards, courtyards, balconies. It can, and should, happen anywhere, everywhere. Gardening is simply a framework for engagement with our world, grounded in care and action. To garden is to care deeply, inclusively, and audaciously for the world outside our homes and our heads. It’s a way of being that is intimately interwoven with the real truths of existence—not the things we’re told to value (money, status, ownership), but the things that actually matter (sustenance, perspective, beauty, connection, growth).
– Georgina Reid, Audacious Gardening: On Daring to Care
The carbon inside you could have existed in any number of creatures or natural disasters before finding you. That particular atom residing somewhere above your left eyebrow? It could well have been a smooth riverbed pebble before deciding to call you home. You are rock and wave and the peeling bark of trees, you are ladybirds and the smell of a garden after the rain.
today im thinking about discipline and balance. balancing nourishing the garden that is my body, tending the leaves that are my hair and balancing cultivating the field of my mind with bare hands and dirty nails that echo of practice. why is it that i cannot do both at once? why is it that i want to do either at all? as for the mind, it is an ex-intrinsic goal - an introspective fulfillment manifested externally. but for my health i have no reason other than maintenance of my hubris and vanity. the way i discovered the intrinsic value of self-concordant goals, i must discover the goal of maintaining my body as a garden with my mind as a gardener - working in harmony and confluence for me to be an integrated individual and how that must manifest in my work - will be a delight to observe.