In bragging with a friend and fellow gardener, I shared that my tomato plants did great this year, that many are still flowering like it was august.
She then gave me this great gardening advice: At this point in the season I should be pinching off any new flowers on my tomato and pepper plants. It is way too late for the plant to produce viable fruit, and that energy could go into maturing the existing fruit.
My reply: “Yes, I know, but I umm, leave them for the bees.” By her blank look it seemed she didn’t get it.
Perspecive… can you take a step back and see the bigger picture? Can you see through the eyes of a bee, in a race against the coming frost to gather the stores that will help his colony survive? What if everyone picked the flowers?
Small acts, could change everything, if more of us did them.
There are over twenty millon people practicing Yoga postures in our country,
What if more of them embraced the foundational Yoga teachings of non violence, non-greediness, and living in service to others?
Doing my small part, and hoping that in some way, the world will be a better place for my having lived…
Even if that’s just a few more bees surviving the winter.
It’s really simple. try your best to live our closing Sanskrit mantra: Om Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.
Which means: May all beings be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and deeds of my own life, contribute in some way to that happiness and that freedom for all.
Even if that means that your tomatoes are a little smaller.
Om Shanti, I’ll see you in class.