I am still in the garden, although it has been an eventful week. One of the artichokes is flowering, looking very like a thistle, to which family it belongs. The fat juicy buds are eaten, but if left on the plant they do eventually turn into flowers. Interesting, when we are used to eating fruits of most plants, rather than buds! Here are some other stages in artichoke life ….
All living things change, coming and going through their cycles, yet the life within them is always the same life, never changing, simply transforming joyfully from one state to the next. The same life illuminating the artichoke flower also illuminates us, as we are coming and going with the rest of Nature. That life, the Divine, or the Self, never changes, is always perfect, untouched, patiently and tenderly waiting for us to realise there is no need for our suffering, for we are truly that vast spacious luminous joyful awareness in which everything is coming and going.