Dharma of the Day #3

do not see apparent adversity as bad

rather see it as doorway, a garland

with which to decorate the new

 

within every challenge can be found

a seed which might germinate

into new experience and knowledge

 

all seeds whilst they are rooting

need careful care and attention

and newly sprouted stems

need to be rotated else they acquire bias

 

the germination of knowledge

is an act of love

which when tended, brings bounty

it is an act of receptivity to the spirit

 

knowledge which arrives quickly

is not so profound as that which

takes longer to mature,

much like vintage wine aged in its cask

 

vintage wine has more nuance

than that fresh from the vine

it has more depth and a subtle aroma

 

when wisdom arrives

it is like an old slipper

familiar to the foot

and slightly battered around the edges

 

it is not possible to attain wisdom

in the absence of trial

for all things have a price

only this one seems to be of better value

 

in learning to tend a garden

one learns much about Dao

and rhythm and seasoning

it makes one a better cook

 

in the Zen of gardening

hurry and haste are soon found

not to have any place

complete absorption in the moment

 

in this manner one learns much

about the present

inherent in any gift of power

and all about, economy

 

better to tend a small garden well

than to take on a country estate

beauty in the small

heals the heart

 

in tending a garden

one tends one’s own heart

this teaches one

a sense of inner love

 

And what could be wrong with that?