This 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
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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I have to get mine in the ground still, I’m behind this spring. I’ve been debating in where to put my garden and now I’m down to the wire.
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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.
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