By Geri Larkin
Gardens have usually been used as metaphors for religious nurturing and development. Zen rock gardens, monastery rose gardens, even your grandmother's vegetable backyard all were defined as areas of shelter and mirrored image. Drawing on her event operating at Seattle's most well known gardening heart, Zen instructor Geri Larkin indicates how the act of gardening might help discover your internal creativity, enthusiasm, vigilance, and pleasure. As your backyard grows, so will your spirit. Larkin takes you thru the stairs of making plans, planting, nurturing, and holding a backyard whereas providing humorous tales and encouraging classes on what vegetation can train us approximately our lives. As soothing as a bowl of selfmade vegetable soup, Plant Seed, Pull Weed will entertain, appeal, and encourage you to get your palms soiled and dig deep to domesticate your internal self.
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This is the life that makes us happiest. We already have the impulse to be helpful to each other. Our job is to simply feed these impulses, regardless of what is happening around us. The first time I physically panicked about the state of the world and not knowing what I could do to help was when I was staying in a Zen temple in Chicago, twelve years ago. To tell you the truth, I can’t remember what triggered the panic, but when it hit I was floored. My whole body shook, I was sick to my stomach, tears flew out of my eyes.
I wouldn’t take difficult situations personally. This was a huge gift since I have historically been very good at taking just about anything personally, including the weather. When I learned to lose, what I needed to do would always be clear, wise, and skillful. It would be the right thing to do. Since skepticism is embedded in my cell structure, I immediately started testing out his advice, and I’ll be damned if that man wasn’t right. I started asking people to correct my understanding of situations.
It would feed our noble intentions. This has led to some wild rides, I admit. Most recently, I was stocking Dusty Miller plants at the nursery where I work when one of the managers approached me to ask if I would be willing to be the sidekick to a local wunderkind, Ciscoe Morris, while he did a live radio show about plant care. In the Northwest gardening subculture, Ciscoe Morris has the status of a rock star. He used to be the manager of grounds and landscaping for Seattle University. Ciscoe is a certified arborist, a master gardener, and a teacher at many of Seattle’s local colleges.