I awoke recently with green beans on mine, not just any green beans, but my own. I was still savoring their taste from the day prior when eight had been my meal gently boiled with the last of last summer's garlic and five quarter-size potatoes (that were not mine) all held in a little brown bowl thrown by Thor at Sparta's Fragrant Mushroom.
The week before I had been in the grocery buying green beans impulsively not realizing mine were of eating size.
I so prefer being in my little raised beds over being in the grocery. I have heard Jean Houston refer to needing to teach children 'whole system processes.' She explained what she meant but it wasn't until growing and eating my green beans that I got it. I am an adult just learning about whole system processes which is why I am often filled with the wonder and magic of life. To mindfully be involved from planting to preparing is sacred.
Growing things feeds me. I do not grow enough to feed myself physically but the feeding I receive is the soul food of experience that for me at least can't be found in the grocery aisle.
Yet this week as I awoke with beans on my mind the part I was taken with related to the bodily satisfaction I experienced as I ate one bean at a time. (I do not usually eat one bean at a time, do you?)
A place in my core felt soulful, bodily satisfaction. It was the taste as well as knowing this tangible, tender green thing before me, then in me, was a cooperative venture resulting over time involving nurturing and nature.
"Little Farma" is about the relational whether you're growing just a bit like me in raised beds or buying food from local farmers.
The next time a bite of something is on your fork, stop for a moment to consider your relationship to what is about to become a part of you. Have you been a part of it? Don't judge. Be mindful. Wonder.
-Dawn, The Good News Muse, 28 June 2013