Build a Relationship

Rule #3: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for a while.

Build a relationship with land. Learn the patterns of the sun, see the plants move though the seasons.  Learn to recognize seeds.  Plant something you want to see grow.

Plants are teachers.  We cannot think less of them merely because they cannot get up and move.  We must learn to respect all life forms.  Admire plants.  Tend to them often.  If you forget, the plant will most likely find a way to survive without you.  But it will be happy to see you when you decide to come back.  Don’t give up on the plant.  The plant never gives up on you.

Enjoy a flower.  You always have time to stop and smell the flowers.  Especially if a plant tugs for your attention out of the corner of your eye.  Mark says you should always stop what you are doing to go see the plant in that moment.  Bring home a bouquet!  Allow your engagement with plants to entice your senses.

Notice the season.  Where are we in the cycle of life?  Each part of the year has a purpose, are we using the ebb and flow of the earth in our favor, or are we fighting against it?  Urban life can be disorienting in this sense.  A connection to the natural world can help us get in sync.

Perhaps you know what it’s like to fall in love?  Everyday I fall more in love with this city.

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