Monday, April 22, 2013


by M. J. Joachim

I just came in from the garden, a perfect place to physically feel my spirituality. I needed to harvest the snow pea pods, so I can gather their seeds for next year’s crop. Most years, there aren’t enough pods to harvest and I end up buying new seeds in the fall. This year, I made a point to let some pods dry on the vine, so I can complete the cycle of the plant, growing new plants from the offspring of this year’s crop.

Growing is a difficult process. There are pains, ugliness and weeds to deal with. There are chores – often unsettling, and limits (not boundaries, I’m speaking of unfathomable obstacles that literally get in our way sometimes). Humans go through hell – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It’s often the only thing that lets us actually know we’re alive, as it’s far too easy to numb the pain in this world. Anyone can do it, and many choose to without realizing the effect it has on themselves and those around them.

Physically speaking, we know when something hurts, looks funny or doesn’t seem right with our bodies. Mentally speaking, we can pretty much tell when our minds aren’t quite up to par. Emotionally speaking – well, anyone who has suffered depression, chronic anxiety, Post-traumatic stress etc. will tell you the toll emotions play in a person’s life. Mental illness is completely separate, though it does come into play when considering spirituality.

We tend to the obvious in our lives. We look for the signs and determine what to do. Logic and common sense play a huge part, when we make our decisions. Spirituality, however, is not based on logic, as much as it is based on faith and the intangible. Spirituality deals with our moral compass, sense of guilt and right and wrong, as well as all those unknowns like where we come from, why we’re here and what our purpose and ultimate goal is in life.

If we have none, there is no reason to be spiritual at all. It will simply be a matter of planting, growing and decaying. As spiritual beings, we know there’s more to it. Even science backs us up, logically enough. Miracles do happen – things science can’t explain. Prayers do influence healing and faith and hope do mend wounded souls.

The harvest doesn’t end when the plant dies – not in the garden, and certainly not in the lives of any human being who has been given the gift of their life, to share with others in turn.

Thank you for visiting Effectively Human.

M. J.

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