My Lavender Harvesting ZEN – Zensory Experiences in Nature (ZENs)

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Fragrant and sticky, the silver frosted leaves
Scent the fingers, delight the nasal palate

 

 

How I feel
20171014_1218371980325751.jpgCalm – at peace – grateful – thankful – in awe of nature and its beauty

 

These words don’t come close to expressing that which can truly only be felt

 

 

 

What I feel
Sticky, firm leaves on plants – cool mud, soft and malleable – the soft beads of lavender – delicate stems – cool air on my body – knees pressing on hard clumps of dirt and rocks – feet navigate uneven soil – a muddy dog kiss on my forehead 🙂

 

What I hear
Geese by the pond – 1 goose calls to a flock flying over the cornfield, they answer – a horse whinnies in a neighbor’s field – the clopping of horse hooves on a nearby road – the faint buzz of a slowly dying bee

 

What I see 
Geese on the pond – a heron flies from the pond – mud covered Great Danes romping in the field – mud covered jeans and boots

 

Today the field is sparsely manned with bees, dying off, no longer flying strong from flower to flower but barely able to crawl – a few bees lay by the plants twitching with their last bit of life – last week the bees were rambunctious and prolific as the temps were in the 80’s, yet docile and accommodating to our pruning

 

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“Haven’t seen my little field mouse buddy for about a month now, probably ended up hawk food” – the reality of the circle of life – bees die off and field mice feed hawks

 

A collection of rocks now toppled but once a balanced cairn – caterpillars navigating the blooms and stems – butterflies alighting on the purple spikes

 

What I smell
Lavender, ahhh yes lavender, wafting from the plants and my fingers – mud, fresh mud – and yes dog poop 😉 as we walk from the field to the greenhouse

 

What I taste
Cool fresh water from my water bottle – mud on the water bottle spout

 

Colors I see
20171014_121850717956777.jpgRows of green plants with purple spikes arising – tree foliage of orange, rust, green, yellow, brown, burgundy – fields of corn now brown – green grass – brown earth

 

Textures I feel
Sticky, firm, bristly plant leaves – beads of lavender fallen from the plant spikes rolling between my fingers – smooth vinyl ground cloth underneath my knees – the wicker basket handle in my hand

 

How I want to enhance this experience next time:20171004_123712983903424.jpg
I want to bring along a magnifying glass to get up close and personal with the blooms, plant leaves, bees, caterpillars, butterflies, rocks

 

I want to focus on patterns that I see – changes occurring in the lavender as it dries out in the greenhouse –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meditations.....Insights.....Reflections.....Observations.....

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