Avocado tree in the Making.
— August 31st 2019 —
Sooo.. now comes the topic that I’ve been over the top excited about to talk about – my avocado plants a.k.a my babies.
In the beginning of this year, I started to get into planting avocado plants from the pits. I know I won’t be seeing any fruit in at least twenty years but I like the plant itself and I like the idea of growing and giving something life from something that could’ve been thrown out.
It all started out with my love for eating avocado and how I can just add it to almost everything I eat: rice, wraps, stew, pasta, rye bread.. the list is endless. This love slowly progressed to a desire to grow and nurture them. So now when I see avocados in the store, I, with no hesitation, will grab a few just to add them to the already existence avo-family that is growing big and strong.
So I started to grow them.
I waited and waited.
I changed the water and gave them room to grow.
I kept waiting and some died along the journey but I kept hoping for the rest to grow.
I waited for months when I finally saw roots, stems and leaves coming out.
There’s this quote by the author Robin Sharma that I find fits this situation:
“The farmer has patience and trusts the process. He just has the faith and deep understanding that through his daily efforts, the harvest will come. And then one day, almost out of nowhere, it does.”
I recently got into practicing yoga and the process itself is similar to growing avocado plants. Practice is a daily effort and commitment. It is often hard to notice the changes that yoga is making on the body from day to day. It is the effort that reveals the true impact of the hours that I spend working with the poses.
In the beginning, I did the work on my mat without knowing when change will happen, and at times, it feels like nothing is shifting at all. Yet one day I found myself doing a Head-to-knee Forward Bend without assistance or struggle. It seems so sudden when in fact the changes have been slowly happening all this time.
There’s a saying that good things come to those who wait… But good things also come to those who do the work as they wait.
This can be seen in my yoga practice and the growth of my avocado plants. But believe me when I say, I have yet mastered this form of language/skill.
I slip many times.
I postpone, I don’t practice and forget that I even did it in the first place.
As my yoga journey continues to evolve, I want to work towards the longevity of my practice, and not for the quickest gain. I want to choose the path towards building strength in poses instead of always heading straight for the most advanced poses.
It is important to look at how I care for my practice too. Like the farmer, do I have faith in the process? Am I doing the work? Am I making it to the mat as often as I should? Am I pushing too little or too much? Am I taking time out for rest? Am I being too hard on myself? Am I going deeper?
I need patience in my practice as it helps me to go deeper because patience is the practice.
And so I wait, watch and do the work, and dream about the guacamole that I could make one day from this avocado harvest.
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