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Musings

The pace of gardening

Tuning your internal clock to the pace of nature is a good rule of thumb if you're interested in seeing the world for all it's worth. Zoom out just so and you'll see the seed before the sunflower and the sheep before the rug. It's a beautiful, no-doubt spiritual, thing to cup gratitude in your hands like water.

Date

July 8th, 2024

Author

Beni

PHOTOS

William Jess Laird, LIBRARY

We value the practice of rumination, the pace of gardening, and the courage it takes to see the forest through the trees.

In the fine print of observation you'll find a repeating pattern of thought: when you slow down, you become more alive. Noticing how things are and how they change offers an immeasurably important vantage point for any kind of person today, yesterday, or tomorrow for that matter. Imagine moving so fast that you miss the ladybug of luck on your windowsill or the boot-shaped cloud floating above your head. Unthinkable.

In today's world we overvalue the too-shiny idea of productivity and its correlation with speed. But what happens when things run so quickly? Cut corners and flat tires, short lunches, and dark circles. Dark circles that we jog around for hours until we remember it's time for our short lunch. This is not who we're meant to be and it's certainly not who we are.

Andy Goldsworthy's Dandelion Spiral

Vats of soaking color at the Chouara tannery in Fez, Morocco.

As the famed saying goes: the day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit, so you might as well settle in and get comfortable. We believe in box-breathing our way through life, giving things the time and attention they deserve. So with that in mind, we offer this gift — one you can give yourself each morning. Before you suit up for the routine of your day, let your feet drop from the bed to the floor to the rug beneath your feet. Linger. Give yourself one minute, maybe even two, to feel the pile of the rug and to consider the life it led before it arrived at your doorstep. The sheep, the shears, the warp and weft of the weaving, the hands that so carefully crafted its design just for you. Notice how things are and how they've changed. Beautiful, isn't it?

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