The Secret Garden was one of my favorite books as a kid. It’s amazing to go back and look at these quotes now and to see how much wisdom was contained in between those two book covers. It’s even more amazing that it is the same wisdom I am receiving 20 years later from one of the Ayurveda teachers, Marisa Laursen. She told us recently in lecture that it is better to fill your garden with lots of veggies than to have one cucumber plant and have to constantly pull out the weeds. Eventually if you get enough vegetables plants, they will starve the weeds of the sunlight.
So here we are, planting another flower, literally and figuratively.
This beautiful bundle of blossoms is our second week’s simple addition. When I say simple, I can’t mean any more simple than adding some flowers to your table. And we even made it fit into the budget – $4.99, or if you prefer to change them out weekly, Trader Joe’s always has beautiful bouquets for $3.99. So now, our two small changes, add up to about 30 seconds of our time and some pocket change.
How have these changes affected our meals so far? In reality, not much. It still feels a little awkward and prescribed. But it’s the subtle things I’ve appreciated most. The table is cleared and prepared before we sit down. Someone always remembers to turn off the TV. There are more stories shared about the day. We sit at the table a little longer. We laugh a little more. None of this is planned, but when we create the space, we all seem to share a little more magic.
I’m not sure if this is what Ayurveda is all about. I’m just following the prescription thus far. But it seems to me dirt is prepared, and we have a couple of sprouts poking through.
“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
Join us next week. I’ll use a Sanskrit (the ancient language of India, Yoga and Ayurveda) term for the first time and introduce our first physical prescription. I hope to introduce a few of the morning rituals that we are expected to adhere to as well.