Loving What Is

imageThis is my yard, I know you can’t tell from the picture but it is really long at the moment and has a ton of dandelions in it. The spring rains and the warm temps keep giving energy and life to the grass making it grow faster.

This type of thing used to bother me, it reminded me of chaos and disorder, not to mention you didn’t know what could be hiding in the tall grass. But for some reason I don’t feel the same way about it this year, I find myself more at awe with what my lawn is
rather than being upset with what it’s not.

I see the tall grass and instead of thinking about chaos and what ‘evil’ may be lurking within it, I see beauty, I see a jungle full of life and adventure.  The grass is only doing what it is meant to do which is grow and I am doing exactly what I am meant to do which is learn from it and see beauty. I will cut the grass in a day or so but for now I will enjoy it for what it is.

Thoughts about the way things should be rather than what they are creates confusion in a person’s mind. Confusion leads to fear, fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering. We should learn to be happy with what is rather than continually thinking things should be better or different from what they are.

I want to share part of a book I am reading this morning called “A Thousand Names For Joy” by Byron Katie,

“This amazing desert earth has been my greatest teacher. She doesn’t budge from what she is. I sit on her and there is no movement, no discussion, no complaint. The earth just gives, without condition, unnoticed, and that’s proof of love. She doesn’t ever withhold. She doesn’t ever compromise. The way she speaks is through the wind and the rain, the sand, the rocks, the sounds of her creatures. She just sings her song and she continues to give without any expectation in return. She’ll support you all your life, and if you throw a tin can onto her or dump poison into her bloodstream or drop a bomb on her, there is still total, unconditional love. She keeps giving and giving.”

“As long as you think you know what should and shouldn’t happen you’re trying to manipulate God. This is a recipe for unhappiness”. ~Byron Katie

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About Mimic Nature

Hello everyone! I’m so glad to see you! I’m Jana, I’m an eccentric wife and mother; I work 2 jobs and homeschool my kids. With all this going on in my life, I want to focus my attention on the things that make me happy, and the one thing that has made me happy ever since I was a little kid is nature. As my life progressed and changed through my teen years and my early married life, I lost my connection to it. Life took over and here I am living disconnected from nature because of work, bills, and every day events that keep me away. So the next chapter of my life will be dedicated, at least in some small part, to reconnecting to nature; I still have a mortgage, work, and a family to take care of, but now, I will be more aware of nature and my place within it. Each day, I will find some small way to not harm nature. Not long ago I was introduced to something called permaculture and I fell in love with it. Basically, it’s building a small ecosystem in your own backyard that is based off of what nature would do naturally. In turn your backyard helps you, and you help your backyard…with minimal work!! At first it may take more work, but over time, your backyard will become self-sustaining and you won’t have to work as hard…other than harvesting. I love the life lessons that I learn from nature, so what I promise to do is share a lesson that I’ve learned from nature each week, share what I’m learning about permaculture, and share my own personal progress in changing my homestead into a permaculture Garden of Eden. And since it’s hard to make any changes in life, I want to have some free giveaways once in awhile…all nature themed of course, to help all of us remember our ‘green’ family. Read a few articles, see if you like what is there, if you do, go ahead and subscribe. If you don’t like what you see, that’s ok, I’m honored that you took the time to get to know me a little and see my vision for my blog and my life.
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4 Responses to Loving What Is

  1. Great post Jana, you had my attention with the dandelions… I just spend 3 days in the yard pulling 3 garbage cans full of them. Afterwards I learned that you can make very nutritional salads out of its leaves. It is one of the favorite meals for rabbits and chickens also. Well, I wasn’t fighting and upset they were all over the yard, just wanted a reason to exercise in the hot sun. I had my fill now, I even dreamed dandelions in my sleep last night. The yard looks empty without them , perhaps it is the only time of my life I will ever pull them out again. Anyhow, loved your post… keep writing! PS… tomatoes are in the ground so come late summer/fall I want to see pics of your best looking tomatoes. 🙂

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  3. We have danilions as well. I think they add a nice yellow contrast to the green grass. Also they won’t last the whole summer. Everything has its season: the good and the bad.
    “Let the weeds grow among the wheat. If you try to uproot the weeds you may uproot the wheat also. When its time to harvest remove them both. The wheat is put into the barn and the weeds burned.”
    So it is with good and evil, and grass and dandelions.
    -Alan

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