Gratitude for a Garden

More than a year ago I started this blog with an entry quoting a book review of “In Defense of Food”, the book by Michael Pollan which was succinctly captured by the healthy advice mantra “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Today I came across an interview with the author of this book which further sheds light on what is wrong with “nutritionismand how to find the joy of eating today. Part of the answer is… gardening. The timing couldn’t have been better. The Washington Post started publishing a series on articles on the worldwide food shortage crisis. As I was planting a garden, I was reflecting on whether this is just a nice hobby, or a natural instinct to be closer to Mother Nature, or a therapeutic exercise, or honing life skills for hard days that might be coming, or teaching my daughters on where food actually comes from, or an attempt to provide local food (it does not get any more local than your own garden) as a counterpoint to the whole organic food craze. There is so much to be grateful for having a garden!

The other aspect of it is, of course, the Garden of Ridvan. It was in a garden near Baghdad, Iraq, in the spring of 1863, that Baha’u’llah revealed to His followers that He was the Promissed One of All Religions. So much to be grateful for a garden!

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