As I enter my little forest sanctuary the rapid growth of the forest floor simply amazes me. It’s hard to believe that just a month ago the ground was bare except for a few patches of moss and some of the earliest flowers. Now the Wild Ginger is so thick that I can barely walk without stepping on it. I have come here for 2 reasons. Part of the plan is to check the plants for that familiar chocolate brown flower that this plant is known for but mostly I’m here for a little Life-time. For those who have never heard me use the term Life-time is the time you spend experiencing life instead of the life you spend witnessing time. The difference being in the amount of life we acquire as opposed to the time we expend. One of cruelest lies ever told was that life was a measure of existence rather than experience. As I look over the the patch of ground at my feet and consider how think the vegetation has become I’m struck by fact that nobody interferes with the plants here. I give it no water. I don’t add fertility or remove pests. I don’t really do anything here beyond my occasional walk through. As opposed to our farms and gardens where we try to control every little process. Perhaps if can learn how to let go of our urge to control things ourselves and work within the systems of nature instead of against them there would be more life to our time.
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