Shaking Down the Seeds

Shaking Down the Seeds

Wintertime has settled into the red rock mesas of northern New Mexico. The blue skies have quieted since the geese and sandhill cranes have passed by, boisterously celebrating their instinctual journeys to lands farther south. I rarely cross paths these days with coyotes and jackrabbits. There’s a hush among the lavender since the hum of bumblebees has grown silent. The yucca and prickly pear cactus simply hold their ground. No new fruits or pods or blossoms. No visible signs of growth since the frosts.

The quieting on the land and shortened hours of daylight have brought my winter homing instincts into full bloom. To be home by dark. To nestle in and embrace the quiet. To focus attention inwardly, like the trees, toward the core of my being and my roots.

My beloved canine friend blends her wild romps on the land with long winter naps, breathing in the earth and soaking up the sun. The winter ways of the canines reveal the extraordinary that exists in the ordinary moments of life. Like taking a nap.

Breathing in the earth and soaking up the sun intimately connect us with our planet and our star, with the healing medicines they freely share, with the knowledge they’ve gathered up through the vast passages of space and time. It’s all there in the soil and the sunbeams.

The lushness of the sharing between my four-legged friend, the earth, and the sun has gotten me to wondering what it’d be like to so generously give and so warmly receive the diverse and extraordinary gifts of life. In all the ordinary everyday moments. With each and every breath that I take.

The songbirds enchant the season with an ingenious feasting dance. Perched on golden tufts of dried flowers, the little winged ones jostle the delicate stalks until the ground is peppered with tiny morsels. Hopping down to the frozen ground, the birds chirp with delight while gathering up the delectable seeds one by one.

Nourishment rains on the earth when songbirds shake down the seeds. A universe of potentials and vast volumes of information are held inside the body of each tiny seed. There within lies a living matrix of what-is and what-has-been joined by the inherent knowing of when and how and what and who may be. The seeds eaten by the birds and those left resting on the earth nourish life with the sacred promise of the generations to come.

Winter offers initiations into new cycles, a readying for the awakenings of new potentials and growth. I feel the whispers as I walk about the land: Nestle in the stillness. Breath in the earth. Soak up the sun. Shake down the seeds.

There’s a vibrant hum in this dance with the sun and earth and her seasons, with the four-leggeds, the plant nations, and the winged ones. Nestle in the stillness. Breath in the earth. Soak up the sun. Shake down the seeds.

If we seek it, we will find it for it too is seeking us ~ this spiraling dance of life we’re inherently a part of. The vibration of the ancient rhythms will be carried up along our roots. We’ll feel the hum and soon find ourselves humming along, sharing our voice, finding our rhythm, dancing on rich fertile ground.

Nestling in the stillness.
Breathing in the earth.
Soaking up the sun.
Shaking down the seeds.

Nestling in the stillness.
Breathing in the earth.
Soaking up the sun.
Shaking down the seeds.

Nestling in the stillness.
Breathing in the earth.
Soaking up the sun.
Shaking down the seeds.

6 Responses to Shaking Down the Seeds

  1. Nice reflection JoAnne
    Lavender is one of my favourite plants – although we have a species here in Zambia that does not produce a flower but has strongly scented leaves which as you brush with your hands or the wind blows brings out a strong perfume.
    I have planted a labyrinth walkway with them to help you relax as you walk.
    It is always nice to watch the smallest of birds feeding on the different grass seeds
    Enjoy your season of change to the spring.
    Blessings
    Donald

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