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What can I say about life?

What can I share with you?

Just that you are me and I am you

There is an infinite lining of YES

Seeping through

Linking each dimension of stardust together

So seamlessly that you must

Be silent to know its presence

Triangles of freedom

Love. Food. Shelter. Water.

How come we let others live a life without love?

What is love?

Just say YES and the answers are there!

Love is the infinite connection that links all beings

Through time & space.

Can you be with that?

Because perhaps existence is just a journey

To learn how to say YES to your truth

Which is the infinite truth that resides within us all

 

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N+1 Growth. Roots. Engagement.

One of our chief motives for embarking on the journey to revitalize Laney garden has always been precise and clear. It is about turning this precious piece of land into a space that will embrace our community with loving hands and hearts.A space that will feed their mind- body-soul through learning and living how agriculture, food, and our well being are all interconnected. However, although our own inner enfoldment is equally precious to us and works mutually  with the growth of the plants, and those whom this project touches, it was less clear how these worlds would dance..

Some of that enfoldment is now becoming clear via the learning and outreach that is happening within the inner cells of this growing body and ecosystem. Grey Loom, our mentor and garden confidant has proven to be a major inspiration to both of us. He represents and embodies the roots of what this garden will transform into. Not only is his knowledge a continual source of education and insight, his story of perseverance over many years of setbacks, and lack of support is a lesson for us, that our role in many ways is to continue to carry the torch that he lit many moons ago when he commenced the growth of the soil.

There is a practical lesson here,  the importance of rugged tenacity in the midst of suffering, but also the larger maxim that nature brings things into ripeness—on her own terms.

Another  enfoldment that happens is the simple and clear insights gifted in the silence of the garden. The garden is speaking constantly, it has its own language and the more one attunes to this language the easier it becomes to address the garden’s needs and share in its joys. Some of that sharing is became a swift reality with 3 major volunteer days that happened throughout  September that certainly address the garden’s needs and enhance its joys. We have been lucky in that we have had a tremendous amount of support both from the community at large, but also from individual plot holders who have revealed themselves to be more than we could have ever hoped for, both in terms of the garden and also as human beings.

The anticipation is building. We are now in the first major phase of outreach that goes beyond the major stakeholders and close alliances. It’s time to seek out and engage our fellow students directly and bring our enthusiasm and vibrancy to this project on a one on one authentic personal level. It’s exciting and a bit unnerving but we feel hopeful and optimistic. How could we not be? We have an amazing program director in Bidisha, an incredible mentor in Grey, and the Dalai Lama Fellows team/family and the many years of manifesting and preparing for a project like this to come to fruition in our lives.

 

Now we call on you to join us on this path to growth, rootedness, and engagement within in yourselves and your community.

By- Oscar Paul Medina

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Helping Handz & Helping Hearts

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Stage 0 ½ get to know the gardeners.

The word of the year is synchronicity. We were brought together to be in service to something bigger than ourselves that is deeply rooted in our core values. We quickly built excitement, goals, plans, but realized that the first thing we needed to do was nothing. As we practice our daily routines of meditation, yoga, work, school, and personal exploration we stop throughout our day to get present in order to truly be with each moment. Some days we forget or are distracted. Other days we are completely in the flow and engaged with all of our senses.

After spending a month planning we began to reach out and get to know the garden. We imagined this process would take two weeks at most but little did we know that this step was the most important step of the year. Getting to know the gardeners was not an easy task it meant slowing way down and going out of our comfort zones to become vulnerable to new relationships. At first the gardeners were skeptical about my partner and I and worried about their space at the garden. We approached them with calm and kindness but also expressed our desire to only elevate what they were already invested in. Suddenly things shifted and our conversations went from professional to personal and we were laughing and planning as the consciousness of the garden.

This journey began in April and we are filled with gratitude to have had the pleasure to spend 4 months planting the seeds of our new friendships in this community. Thank you to Deepa, Zach, Grey, Giana, Yolanda, Luis, and all of the future gardeners. Our hands are here to help and we look forward to tilling the soil with you.

 

In Gratitude,

Marley Rose Benshalom

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