Nature Culture seeks to align the body, mind and soul with the spirit world. I view the spirit world as a caldron that produces and houses all of nature’s creation. The God Source is the author and divine designer of the known and the unknown and is where spirit comes from. When we can better understand what we are, we can do the things necessary to improve and sustain our self. Our “self”, I refer to as an individual unit of mass, manifested as a body, mind and soul. At the same time, we are a part of a greater mass that is the earth, its solar system, galaxy and universe. All came from and are a part of the spirit world produced long ago by a force greater than we can imagine. Our universe could also be a small part of an even greater mass of universes. We live as both a physical and spiritual entity at the same time. The nature culture garden is the same, i.e., physical and spiritual at the same time.
Nature, in its grand and divine design keeps giving us its resources of life, all year around. It seems we should be aligning ourselves with nature rather than trying to always force it to our will. There should be a balance between what we grow and what nature gives us to eat. In addition to the items we plant for ourselves and others, if we observe the things we did not plant, coming out of the ground right in front of us, each season, we will be able to partake of many gifts from the Creator. We can become what we eat, breathe and ingest in our minds. The more nature we take in, the more natural life we will display. The animals and plants submit willingly to nature. They instinctively know that nature takes care of them.
While observing a mother rabbit and her young, I noticed that, although my bed of lettuce, which they had often eaten, now, they ignored it and instead preferred to munch on the white clover which grew abundantly all around the house. Until now, I had always cut our lawns whenever the grass and clover laden spaces were starting to fill up. I suddenly realized that I had been cutting away the natural food of the creatures that shared the land around our house. Now, when I cut the lawn, I strategically leave patches of clover, white and red, uncut. This has also encouraged the growth of wild flowers for the bees, preserved the moisture in the top soil that provides for worms and produces medicinal weeds of enormous value. I even noticed a box turtle hiding and foraging in the higher growth areas I now leave untended. In balance, I still trim and maintain a good bit of cleared area but now I am more aware of the need to share, repair and maintain the spaces that other creatures require.
There was an area between our house and the lake which was full of poison ivy and blackberry sticker bushes. The deer would come through it and walk thru our garden. I trimmed down the ivy and cutback the blackberry bushes to make a clear path for us to walk to the lake. Now, the deer no longer come down to our garden. The next door neighbor cut down the cat tail plumes behind her house. Now the beavers have cut down a tree so it would fall in the lake to make a home habitat. The ducks and geese are happy about it. It provides a nesting area for their babies to hide. We take what we need then nature gives back what it requires. Learning to balance our life and environment with the life and environment of the animals that live nearby is part of being a nature culture gardener. This may prove difficult when living in urban and suburban communities. Never the less, we must challenge ourselves to learn more about nature and to do better at aligning ourselves with its divine design.
Our gardens vitality is continuously enhanced with kitchen scraps we compost every day of each month. Our soil contains lots of organic material to feed the flowers, vegetables, fruits and herbs that surround our house. We planted a lot of basil, peppers and tomatoes this spring. These are items we use frequently and put up for the winter. Through our daily eating of them, along with a variety of other plants, they help to maintain us and heal us all year around. I especially enjoy walking through the garden clipping a handful of several herbs that will be included in our daily meal. Some are used for cooking, some for raw salads and some for sprinkling on top of our readied to eat plate or bowl. It has become a daily ritual of which we still cannot predict what kind of herb will be used each day. The garden has become a grocery store, pharmacy, medicine cabinet and culinary accessory to our kitchen.
Last month, we fasted during the daylight hours. Along with the herbs, fasting makes the body stronger. The brain is an important part of the body which can contribute significantly to greater awareness. When the human self thinks better, it can become a better contributor to the community it lives in. Plants grow stronger also when their water and sun are regulated. Too much water is not good for them, but too little water and too much hot North Carolina sun is also not good. Balance is necessary in all things. A nature culture lifestyle seeks balance and alignment with the God Source’s divine design of life.
We will be sharing more about our nature culture lifestyle in July and August. The days get hotter and the season begins to transition into full summer. See you then.
Peace and blessings,