Compost for LifeJune 21, 2010 6:28 pm
What a great summer! I hope that you were able to enjoy a fantastic Father?s Day celebration with your family or friends. ?My family celebrated with a lovely dinner, giant salads, and loads of family company. These days of appreciation are essential in life, and I love letting others know how cherished they truly are. Everyday is a day of appreciation of every living thing. Celebrate everyone?s life as well as your own!
In regards to being with my family last night, an interesting story happened that shifted everyone?s thoughts about wasting food and nourishing our soil. As the majority of my extended family sat and ate their cooked dishes, I sat with my humongous salad and bowl of blueberries and nectarines. As I was eating my juicy salad, I realized that I perhaps had not washed my spinach well enough because I could definitely chew the gritty dirt on my teeth.? I was trying to force myself to eat as much as I could, disregarding the texture of the salad in my mouth. Simultaneously, my aunt from Ecuador was trying to force-feed everyone else at the table to finish the meat that had been served so that nothing went to waste.
At that moment the thought hit me. My aunt was trying to pressure everyone to finish eating the meat because if no one ate it, it would be a life lost for nothing. The animal will have been killed for no reason other than to possibly enter a human mouth. I looked down at my salad and realized that my salad will always have life in it regardless of whether I eat it or not. It came from the earth, and I can either allow its life to feed my body or to give back to the earth. I come to the conclusion that I do not need to finish the rest of my salad because I can simply compost it and allow it to grow again and create new life. There is no wasting involved. One cannot do this with meat or even cooked food.
Many times people ask me what to put in their compost. I only use the refuse of my organic fruits and vegetables. There had even been many times where I take rotten, old greens and blended them in the Vitamix with quarts of water to simply pour back into the plants. Even the plants like mineral water! I am old fashioned in the sense that I have no complex compost machine, but I simply dig a hole, dump in the inedible scraps, and cover it up with beautiful soil. In a few weeks, the food turns back into soil. It becomes even richer than before, and this soil grows even tastier food!
Last week I talked about ?soiling oneself? in order to create richer soil in one?s garden, more nutrient-dense food, tastier produce, and even more depth in one?s life. The moment that we realize that we all grow from soil is the moment when we realize that we must invest more of our time and energy into rooting ourselves in what is true and healthy. If the food that nourishes our bodies is grown in the richest of soils, our physical selves will be wild with nutrition. Consequently, if our bodies receive good nutrition from this soil, then our minds are also prepared to take on new growth challenges in life. We expand our minds to become more intelligent, to expand our awareness, to create openness, to find acceptance, and to take on bravery in its purest of forms.? When we soil ourselves, we create harmony and infinite abundance.
I hope this week that you take a moment to nourish your body with the best of foods and to ground yourself emotionally in the process. When you nourish your body, the mind is also cultivated.? Life?s possibilities become endless! We will have so much abundance this Thursday as we prepare for more nectarines, watermelons, blueberries, tomatoes, and more. I hope to see you there!