There was a beautiful surprise in store as I opened the blind of my bedroom window this morning: the guava pear tree in flower. Looking down I could see insects already at work on the blossoms. Time to run down and take a photo while the flowers were still at their best:
The guava is a tree we treasure. Last year’s summer crop were amazing: fragrant, creamy, completely delicious.
I walked around the garden with Gigi the golden retriever, checking out the raised beds, dead-heading roses, picking a carnation flower or two, and adding the daily layer of dried leaves to the compost bin; Gigi, of course, was busy sniffing out cats. And there was another surprise, for while I have still to pick the last fruits on the kumquat tree, it, too, has come into bud all over!
I was very struck by how the natural world seemed to fit with the Tao meditation for the day:
“From a bud, only a promise.
Then a gentle opening:
Rich blossoming, bursting fragrance.
The fulfillment of the center.”*
As the writer, Deng Ming-Dao, comments: “We must take care to open and bloom naturally and leisurely and keep to the center. It is from there that all the mystery snd power come, and it is good to let it unfold in its own time… We aren’t of a single character throughout our lives. We change and grow. Our identities unfold and bloom.”
Such gifts of beauty all around us! Here, at the end of my walk through the garden, was the first frangipani flower unfolding its miraculous scent and subtle colours to the world:
- “365 Tao – Daily Meditations” by Deng Ming-Dao, published by HarperOne