Random garden joy


These random garden moments include earlier in the season. I live at 7800 ft. elevation. The growing season is generally less than 90 days; sometimes 70  from snow/frost to snow/frost.

I moved here in the Autumn of 2018. Each season has included experiments, successes and failures, which means constant learning and fun. The photo below is what the back yard looked like when I moved here and the semi-desert quality of soil. Poor, in other words.

Then, with Amalio’s help, well wishes from you all, and funds left over from the generosity of many people to move, renovate the small house into ADA liveable, the garden project began.


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Meditation: intimate, direct, prajna

Remember the quoted instruction from Garab Dorje to “directly discover your own state”? We’re still with this this; and using it to understand and experience prajna.

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Meditation: intimate nondual

Intimacy. Union. We experience nonduality when in these states. In other words, our subjectivity and our in-the-moment experience of an object are merged. Subjectivity and objectivity are in union due to the intimacy of the experienced moment, like the bee and flower in the image below. For a human being, recognizing the extinction of the sense of two separate things or beings such that union is the engulfing experience is, in fact, a moment of prajna: nondual wisdom. The key word in the sentence is recognizing.

Our common experience within union is to go with the bliss. Prajna is not on our agenda. Union can be a gardener with his or her plants, two people making love, being awestruck by beauty, or feeling one’s bare feet in contact with Mother Earth. Intimacy can be in conversation, or with a taste in one’s mouth, or an orchestral sound be it from instruments, voice, or Nature. The human opportunities for union and intimacy, thus nondual Presence, are ongoing through each 24 hour day. The opportunities for prajna are as well through those same blissful moments of rapture.

The key is to notice the usually not noticed. Ah, once again, this pithy all encompassing invitation. We don’t notice the fact of nonduality in our most pleasant and Present experiences because the bliss or happiness or feeling of intimacy itself has captivated us completely. That’s not a problem unto itself. Yet, it is the very captivation that is addictive. Captivation also reinforces the subject/object duality, not nondual union and Presence. As a result, human beings categorize this person, this food, this such and such as good/pleasant/desired/and needed and others as not good/unpleasant/to be avoided or rejected/and unnecessary.

Watch this in yourself through one day, one hour even. When one is in union with person, place, or thing, Presence is forefront; subject/object are unified. Wholeness, contentment, and tranquility (with or without bliss) is being experienced. Importantly, in that moment, notice the wholeness and the whole. Add Awareness (prajna) to the rapture.

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Meditation: intimate with the world

Today’s meditation is intimate with the world.

Please share your beingness with our world which is such need. Every moment check in with yourself. Am I benefiting others and the planet?

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Meditation: intimate 2

The function of meditation training is awareness.

A human being goes through each day like an automaton: using certain mental, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive processes repeatedly while the vast potential of these and more features of Being are not explored. The result is habits of consciousness which reify a circumscribed reality that is replayed and replayed until the person dies.

If meditation is accomplishing its function then the practitioner is becoming ever more aware. Slowly, slowly, and often going unnoticed, one’s sense of everything begins to change. One is waking up.

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