Fruits of Love…

There is something about produce that makes my heart sing, my soul fill, and my smile beam.  It is often the case that when I go to my favorite farmers market, local grocer or farm stand, I become enamored by, yes, produce! Often, the idea of getting there early to see the variety of apples and greens is therapeutic, soothing, and peaceful. Roaming the aisles brings on a sense of freedom that feeds creativity, encouragement, and love. Sharp senses are stimulated by the variety of colors, smells, and textures.  Many times, my family wonders about my ritual to mindfully wash and arrange fruit in different bowls and such in our home.  I cannot explain it completely, but the healing effects are emotive, and that is the beauty of it.

As the seasons change in New England, we shift from summer berries, melons and tomatoes, to autumn apples, pears and figs.  Then there are always the root vegetables, earthy and satisfying: beets, buttercup squash, yams, carrots roasted with leeks and garlic and drizzled with olive oil.  (Of course a plantain has its own life since we can have tostones when they are green and, as they ripen, can be prepared as maduros.)

Like our seasonal changes, our yoga practice changes as well.  One of the observations in my years of practicing is that practitioners feel that they must always follow the same philosophy in order to get specific results.  But like anything else, there comes a point when change is necessary, and although it is comforting to come back to your foundation or a familiar flow, we can paralyze ourselves in the mundane of constant repetition.  Sometimes when we think we have reached our ultimate practice, it is helpful to reflect on it and see what it is we avoid and if we might be instilling fear in what could be achieved by simply giving an alternate asana (pose) a try (in a safe environment).

In other words, it is healthy and empowering to go for another pose; you can always change your mind in the middle of it. Take your curiosity to another level. Embracing something new in your practice is synonymous to waking every day with fresh perspective.  So after your practice today or tomorrow, get to your produce aisle and give bok choy, yuca, swiss chard, quince or rutabaga a whirl.  After all, the magnificence of life is that we get to test drive it each day, begin again every day, every moment, every breath and keep it real.  And who knows, you just might discover a new love at the farmers market or on your mat.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pragmatic Mom
    Oct 24, 2011 @ 21:51:31

    What a gorgeous post about embracing change. I suppose it IS as easy as shopping at the farmers market and trying new things. I love how you can relate scrumptious food with yoga. Makes me hungry for more of both.


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