Changing

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. Β 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.

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19 thoughts on “Changing

  1. Artichoke flower is so beautiful! The “joyful awareness in which everything is coming and going’ is a high level of awareness. Thank you for the beautiful words and photos, Christine!

  2. Your artichokes are beauties! I have grown them (once) and they weren’t a rousing success! You make me want to try again, Christine. They are so pretty perhaps I’d be willing to sacrifice the edible head to see them flower. πŸ™‚

  3. una grande riflessione ha accompagnato questo piccolo gioiello della natura che Γ¨ il carciofo, una riflessione profonda che da anima alla vita delle piccole cose, sei una persona speciale, Cristina
    πŸ™‚

    una grande riflessione ha accompagnato questo piccolo gioiello della natura che Γ¨ il carciofo, una riflessione profonda che da anima alla vita delle piccole cose, sei una persona speciale, Cristina

  4. I am a big fan of artichokes. The growing season is much too short here to accommodate them, so I only ever see the ones that have already been harvested, or preserved in glass jars. Had no idea that they are actually a young plant. The blossoms are beautiful too. A fascinating plant in all its seasons! Thanks for sharing.

    And it’s me, pix & kardz. Somehow not able to sign in other than kardz by kris anymore. And i am actually looking for your photo blog. i shall persevere, however. am sure it must be out there somewhere in cyber space! have a great week ahead. πŸ™‚

    • the photo blog is no more .. I could not manage two, so let it rest πŸ™‚ I am fascinated by the artichoke too, the purple flower is awesome … and I love to eat the buds!

      • ok, good to know. i will stop searching πŸ™‚
        &nsp;
        and yes, i love those artichokes, too. if there is an item on a restaurant menu with artichokes in it, i usually order it πŸ™‚

  5. When I saw the purple flowers, I thought they were thistles. I had no idea that artichokes have flowers or that they are in the thistle family. I’ve been eyeing “cardoons” as an experimental crop in my short season garden, artichokes wouldn’t make it.
    Loved your garden and growing metaphors to reflect our own changing and becoming…

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