Archive for September, 2011


I recently received this from our community watch organiser. While I have received others like it – I thought it appropriate to post now since it is currently Spring in South Africa. With a change in the seasons usually comes a lot of personal upheaval and change. Clearing out the old “weeds” in your life that no longer serve a worthwhile purpose, to make space for new seeds to be planted and flourish in the garden of your heart.

HOW TO PLANT YOUR GARDENPathway at BRC Garden

First, you Come to the garden alone,
while the dew is still on the roses….

PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS:

1. Peace of mind
2. Peace of heart
3. Peace of soul

PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH:

1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness

PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE:

1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another

NO GARDEN IS WITHOUT TURNIPS:

1. Turnip for meetings
2. Turnip for service
3. Turnip to help one another

TO CONCLUDE YOUR GARDEN YOU MUST HAVE THYME:

1. Thyme for each other
2. Thyme for family
3. Thyme for friends

WATER FREELY WITH PATIENCE AND CULTIVATE WITH LOVE.

THERE IS MUCH FRUIT IN YOUR GARDEN BECAUSE YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.

Just back from 2 weeks visiting friends and family in the UK. Had a wonderful time catching up with everyone and playing with babies!

I don’t claim to be a vegetarian – I’m not. When at home I eat chicken, fish and pork on weekends.  On holiday I am not at all strict, and when you are being catered for by others it is usually a case of eat what you are given.

Pigs piled together on a farm

I wont eat you if you don't eat me...

ANYWAY. Most meals have consisted of very tasty pork. This has clearly been eating at my conscience… the other night I had a horrific nightmare.  I can’t remember all the datails, but I was throwing chunks and heaps of raw pig into the open ocean. I could smell it and feel the texture of it. In the dream I didn’t seem to be very concerned. I clearly remember

getting a knuckle bone stuck under my foot, picking it up with my toes and tossing it out to sea.  I woke up very flustered.

I lay very still for a while to let my mind catch up. An overwhelming amount of grief welled up and I found myself weeping (as quietly as possible). I don’t quite understand it all – but it feels to me that the flesh I had been happily munching away was digging a big whole of guilt and grief in my heart.  If dreams are a reflection of our conscious lives (my understanding) mine are telling me to curb my flesh eating habits.  ALL beings deserve the right to be treated with respect and dignity. Do unto others as you would have them do to you.  I would prefer not to be eaten…

All this said, I must admit that I wont go cold turkey. My body needs time to adjust to my conscious decision. I also need time to let the people in my life understand my decision.  This is not something that I take lightly. I do not live exclusively and I understand that not everyone feels the same way about eating meat as I do. Lets see what happens – but hopefully my choice to curb my flesh intake will remove a few nasty nightmares too…