Any activity or task in life may be a meditation - if we focus on the Divine Presence as all that is; if we take time to be at one with the experience; if we open to every activity in life as a prayer; if we allow time to stand still and be in the moment; if we approach the task with a loving heart.
In the early morning I am in the beautiful garden that is my backyard. It is a mid-October day in Florida. The sky is blue, the winds calm, the temperture a perfect 68 F. I have come to water the plants. Although I have an automatic sprinkler system, it seldom gets any use, because I have discovered that the activity of hand watering becomes a meditation.
This day as I water, I become aware of what seems to be an endless variety of plant and leaf structures. From the palm fronds to thorny cacti I see God's infinite diversity. I also see the equally amazing variety in shapes and colors in the fall flowers. The colors capture me. The greenness of the plants against the blue sky captures me. The way the sun casts light on some leaves and not others, creates a light-dappled scene of gold and green. I become aware of individual rays of light streaming through the spreading watery mist from my hose.
I am drawn into this now moment. I become One with the stillness and peacefulness of it. I am One with the quiet and peace. I become the quiet and I become peace. I am performing an act of love. I am providing the life giving water the plants require. The process here is simply a Oneness I am part of. I nourish them and they nourish me. Here in this meditation there is no time - just an awareness of God's incredible beauty that I am also a part of.
I am reminded of the words of Swami Chidanand Sarawatiji, "As one goes deeper and deeper on a spiritual path . . . one realizes that the Divine resides in all. One begins to see God's presence in every person, every animal and every plant . . .
God is manifest in everything in the universe. All is Him. All is pervaded by Him."
Gardening has been my avocation for many years. This daily activity for most of the year, this meditation with which I start my day, provides for me a continuing and deeping awarness of my Oneness with the Divine Presence and all that is. If we are mindful in the activity, Oneness with the Divine can be found in any and every daily task, no matter how seemlingly small or unimportant. Every simple act may be a prayer.
BEHOLD THE LIGHT IN EVERYONE - AND EVERYTHING!
(I BEHOLD THE DIVINE PRESENCE AS YOU)
Rev. Gene Ford Runnels