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I’ve found gardening with natureūüĆŅconnects¬†me happily¬†to the Earth and the other creaturesūüźĺ upon it.¬† Making things for the home, mending‚ôĽ crafting and living a frugal life is all part of self kindness.¬† Having lived thus far, I seem to have gleaned some pretty amazing things I’m happy to¬†share.¬† Therefore, I’m writing and will start to ūüďĖ¬†self publish.¬†¬†This top blog post is sticky and therefore will appear above¬†more recent¬†posts, so beloved scroll down, enjoy..

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Take care

It’s a sound policy to use the things we have already and enjoy them.¬† To care for them, mend and¬†wear them out enjoying them.¬† Perhaps¬†repurpose¬†them and enjoy that too.¬† If you don’t want¬†those things you have¬†or hate to take¬†care of them, haven’t the time for them now,¬†then let someone else have¬†them as¬†you’re not a squirrel (unless you are a squirrel that reads and I wouldn’t let on if I were you).¬†¬†I recommend you ponder¬†plenty what you have, well before getting involved in buying new stuff.¬† Sometimes buying new is essential and sometimes it isn’t, but you feel you NEED to purchase something, but take care that¬†might be untrue.¬† At any rate take care what you buy and ask:
Is it reusable, beautiful and will help the Earth?  Do I need it or have I got something that will do already?  Will it end up as landfill?
Take care, as the Earth needs less being made destined for the ruddy landfill!Ask yourself please

Vicariously

Unless you are unable to physically¬†move, please do not live¬†totally through an imagined participation in the experience of others.¬† If you cannot¬†move independently, ask for help to get outside more.¬† You see, the Earth is in need of real participation, just as much as we need the air it provides through the plants and trees.¬† It needs humanity to reconnect compassionately,¬†before the merciless and cruel destroy it.¬† Some¬†might think that the Internet is making us stay online, but don’t be fooled, it is choice 100% and this is the wake up call.¬†¬†¬†Yes, I can see how the virtual world is a big draw and¬†very addictive.¬† Yet even if it rains we still need to get outside and it really¬†doesn’t matter if the only coat is ugly, for it’s purpose is to protect.¬† Okay, I’m not keen on seeing kids around secondary schools without coats on, but oh well skin is waterproof and at least they’re still able to brave this terrible thing called rain.¬†¬†Virtual life

“Geranium”

geranium.jpgI have always loved to see a bright flower in a window.¬† My favourite is a nice big¬†“Geranium”,¬†but that all this time their real name is Pelargonium.¬† They originate from the hotter temperate climate, so don’t over water.¬†¬†In the United States¬†they are known as¬†“Storksbills”¬† which probably originated from their original species name coming from the Greek word ŌÄőĶőĽőĪŌĀő≥ŌĆŌā (pelarg√≥s) meaning stork.¬† Of course I will always think of them as chearful¬†“Geraniums”, as Shakespeare said¬†of such¬†“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”.¬† With their bright coloured five petal¬†flowers in clusters, they¬†catch the eye and enrich a view when the day is drab.¬† The plant¬†is quite resilient and I find they¬†can be called upon each year to give us a show.¬† It’s the same with¬†my bright pink Cyclamen.¬† Each year I let¬†these¬†flower plants¬†out in the garden for a while still in their pots, then let¬†them¬†rest giving them very little water¬†and each year¬†they come back beautifully.¬†¬†The cyclamen is¬†currently in the kitchen window and has been in flower for some time now.¬† Sitting happily¬†next to courgette seeds in pots, perhaps it will give off some encouragement to¬†them to come out and be welcomed.¬† How lovely it feels to ponder on the beauty of flowers.

Glean in the moment

Let’s start with what it is to glean:¬† Gleaners traditionally are allowed during daylight hours,¬†to go into a field where¬†it’s been harvested and find what is left¬†to gather for their needs.¬†
There’s a beautiful¬†oil painting¬†called Des Glaneuses¬†translated¬†The Gleaners¬†by Jean-Fran√ßois Millet (pronounced “Mellay”) completed in 1857.¬† It’s currently displayed¬†in Mus√©e d’Orsay Paris where you can buy a ticket for around ¬£12 (‚ā¨13.50).¬† Millet used a large¬†canvas 2’9”x 3’8” (84 x 112cm)¬†a size¬†usually reserved for religious or mythological paintings.¬† The main characters of the painting are three French peasant women, gleaning in a field of wheat, representative of¬†the three aspects of womanhood.¬† I see the youngest on the left looking rounded, agile and shapely; the middle painted a bit more squarely, with strong healthy working hands; while the elder on the right is stiff from bending, perhaps a crone that looks like she is keeping a wise¬†eye on the task.¬†¬†The women¬†labour for their meagre supply¬†in isolation from¬†the¬†labourers in the background who are¬†gathering in a bountiful, bright¬†harvest, as¬†a boss¬†sits¬†around on horseback.¬† I can see how the scene¬†would have been¬†very¬†frightening¬†for the¬†wealthy classes at the time, after all¬†it was¬†showcased just after the¬†Revolution of 1848 and obviously¬†sold for a song.¬†¬†Like many others¬†I think it’s one of the greatest paintings ever made¬†and¬†how I love it.¬† How it shows a¬†healthy bunch of gleaners turning the situation of what it is to be poor¬†on it’s head.¬† They are not the fearful “rich” poor in spirit, nor the slaves of a corrupt system,¬†but a bunch of women gathering enough for their needs.
The older gleanerAnyways beloveds,¬†I am a crone, so sometimes I¬†feel a bit like the older stoopy one on the right, seen in this image.¬† Perhaps living to this wonderful age¬†ranging between the mental age of 3 and 90,¬†I’ve learnt a thing or two!¬† So forgive me if I occasionally¬†like to¬†see myself as a bit of an overseer of¬†the task of gleaning¬†something out of¬†negative moments.¬† So¬†I say, this is how¬†to glean something from¬†a crap situation:¬† Look to the periphery¬†for there may be something kind, something wise to¬†learn, something the universe has made wonderfully available just for you.¬† If you can stop a moment and take some time off to really focus¬†and turn things around to gather, make it so.¬† So, question that which is the obvious that the prosperous are telling you, the crap, cruel, destructive things¬†everyone says is the norm, because that is the place of fear and slavery.¬† Find that which is kind, compassionate¬†and left wastefully, but for us to gather.¬† It takes patience and practice to become a gleaner.¬† Sometimes it is¬†hard work to find¬†that which is truer, kinder, wiser¬†and that which might ultimately make us have a bloody good¬†laugh afterwards ūüėú¬†but it’s there, trust me and look.

Might be truer

Check out yesterdays blog so you can see what this is about.¬†¬†Of the negative thoughts being recycled around the world I shared yesterday, these are some of the positive / more helpful¬†turn~arounds:Interesting turnsI gave it my best and came up with these /\ but there’s plenty of other turn-arounds of the same words that can be helpful.¬† Of course I don’t know what your most stressful negative thought is, so for those you’re having trouble with¬†I suggest you do “The Work” of Byron Katie (I mean it is only 4 questions of enquiry).¬† There’s a happier life when you do a spot of enquiry¬†on stressful thoughts.¬† Oh and the previous blog I’m on about¬†is called Recycled by the world.

Recycled by the world

My wish for you is¬†peace of mind. ¬†Anyways, you know what gets recycled around the world¬†more than plastic?¬† NEGATIVE THOUGHTS.¬† If everyone who got a whiff of them, writ’¬†’em and questioned their validity, looking for evidence to the contrary and jiggled the words around to make a different sentence, well the world could be at peace.¬† Anyways, I thought I’d gather some I’ve seen repeated and pop them on an image, so you can check them out:

recycled thoughts

Byron Katie the source of the work.