Planting a Seed

“To be kind, honest and have positive thoughts; to forgive those who harm us and treat everyone as a friend; to help those who are suffering and never to consider ourselves superior to anyone else: even if this advice seems rather simplistic, make the effort of seeing whether by following it you can find greater happiness.”
14th Dalai Lama


There really is something so magical about planting a seed. Such a simple act that can have such a profound impact. That tiny plant that breaks it way through the darkness, searching for the light of the sun has the ability to nourish both our bodies and our souls.

Each new year when I find myself kneeling in the dirt, patting the earth around a newly transplanted seedling, I am struck with a tremendous sense of awe. I dropped that tiny seed into the dirt months before in the warmth of my kitchen, gently covering it up with soil, sprinkling it with water and again… not quite believing that it will really come to be. Yet just after I have busied myself enough to forget that I was waiting, I receive my first glimpse of renewed hope and inspiration emerging from the dirt.

No matter what is going on
Never give up
Develop the heart
Too much energy in your country
Is spent developing the mind
Instead of the heart
Be compassionate
Not just to your friends
But to everyone
Be compassionate
Work for peace
In your heart and in the world
Work for peace
And I say again
Never give up
No matter what is going on around you
Never give up”
14th Dalai Lama




One Comment on “Planting a Seed

  1. Planting a garden is a big committment, but so rewarding. It seems like having a huge family….such a responsibility to tend, water, and care for….no small undertaking. Isn’t it just wonderful what a bounty is reaped from those tiny seeds? Awe inspiring!


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