Bite sized wisdom: from roots to fruits

Every seed holds undiscovered potential. It is a chance at new beginnings and new life.

In order for this possibility to unfold we first need to place the seed in soil – a dark matter that we know little about.

Aside from the fact that we walk on land, we have no idea what minerals and living organisms hide beneath our feet. And once we plant a seed all we can do is water it without knowing the changes manifesting inches below.

saynotofoodwaste.bitesizedwisdom.plants.dreams.soil.water.faith.hope.grow.belief.patience.love1So without peeking at what we sow, we keep praying that something will grow. We focus our attention on taking care of the seed. We shower it with water, give it love and hope that our efforts lead to something rewarding. We imagine that in time we will see the fruits of our labor and even get to taste them.

This process is true for all seeds, no matter how tall or short the plant grows, and whether or not it flowers once or bares many yields.

In our daily lives we forget that our own relationships, projects and dreams follow a similar path. Once an idea is planted in the dark matter of our minds we invest energy and time into its development. Guided by blind faith we agonize over our goals without any guarantee that they will come true.

Those who have patience and strong belief keep trying and toiling over their seeds and ideas for as long as it takes until results start appearing. Unfortunately, the current lifestyle values quick results, immediate reactions and satisfactions, and that is just not natural. For anything meaningful to grow it must be given time and love. It takes hard work before the bounty can be harvested and enjoyed.

Our daily lives take us away from our plants. Sitting behind a desk, maintaining our friendships over social media and telephone screens, and craving immediate results, we forget and then get jaded about the ways of our world.

In my own life, I strive to go back to basics. I make conscious efforts to be good to myself and to others. And most importantly, when I find something that I truly love and want to realize I remind myself that all good things take time. That for any seed to grow it must first develop roots which expand at their own pace, away from my sight, and that all I can do is to keep trying, to keep caring for the idea until it shows me some signs – good or bad.

Of course, in bad moments the seeds we plant never break open their shells and the soil lacks nutrients for growth. In those situations we must find new ground and new seeds to plant. But only time can reveal our future. The only power we have is deciding the type of seeds we choose to plant and making a conscious effort to care for them in the face of the unknown.

Let’s remember that it takes roots to grow fruits and we must be patient.

Let’s start planting!
Hokuma

Save the plants!

plants-1Lately I have been thinking about how people are becoming more and more unaware of what nature is. We are used to living in the cities, which makes us totally disconnected from the rest of the world that surrounds us. In my opinion people become more human being “out there” than being closed in a concrete jungle, where they fight between each other for no particular reason. What we can also see is that people are much nicer in the nature. They smile to each other, want to help, respect their environment and… I realised that being “out there” in the nature and doing nothing, just living is more educational than doing tones of stuff in the city.

Being disconnected from the nature make us forget about many things that are fundamental for our life or sometimes surviving. One of these fundamental elements is food. Nowadays very few people know how to manage a garden. I would even risk to state that very few people know how to identify all the plants from which we gather our food. How does the pineapple grow, or a watermelon, or would you be able to differentia potatoes from beetroots?Actually most of food comes from plants. Of course, produce such as cheese; milk or meat par excellence comes directly or indirectly from animals. But if we start thinking what does a cow eat we again come back to plants. Sugar that is used in so many things that each one of us love so much, also is made from a plant – sugar cane or in colder places sugar beetroots are used. It means that without these plants we wouldn’t be able to eat cookies, cakes, ice cream nor drink juices.

The most mysterious and mesmerizing part of all this, is that if you don’t know the plants, you can walk the forest in search of food and never find anything to eat, even if all the nutritious food is right there in front of you. A great example of that is when in the community we walked past various plants that seemed like anything else you can find in the forest, and our native guides would tell us: This is ginger plant, this is yucca plant, this is the avocado plant, and here you have a cinnamon tree. If it weren’t for their deep knowledge in the natural world, I would have never have remembered where really does our food come from. I guess being exposed to supermarkets for all your life, really closes in your world, and disconnects you from the full food chain that all our ancestors were in tune with.

A really interesting fact about all these plants is that if you tear off a leaf from say a cinnamon tree, or a ginger root and chew it, the flavour of the actual fruit or vegetable suddenly comes alive in your mouth. I guess that could also be one way to survive in the forest, chew all the leafs that you come across to find the right one, but that seems like a very inefficient way to find food. The best process is to start re-learning all the essential skills our ancestors had, and get back in tune with the natural world. After all, without all these plants, forests, and fertile land….what would we have left to eat??

posted by Piotr Wielezynski & Hokuma Karimova