Recently I heard a story about the largest golden buddha in the world.
Originating in Thailand and made of pure solid gold, it stands 15 feet and weighs 5 tonnes. Several hundred years ago, local monks caught wind of an invasion from another country, so in an attempt to keep this precious figure from being looted, they covered it in clay and never told a soul. Unfourtunately, all of those local monks were killed, so the secret (and the clay) remained for hundreds of years. In just 1957, an attempt to move the buddha resulted in cracked clay and a revealing of the shining gold underneath.
How does this relate?
We are all golden buddhas inside, and over the span of our life, layers of clay get caked on until we can no longer see it or feel it, some of us even forget it’s there, some don’t even know it’s there. Equally, there are many “golden buddhas” in nature that are protected by layers. Think of the flower who’s petals protect that tiny bud of pollen every night when the sun goes down, or the eggs hard shell protecting the life inside, even peanuts and almonds have layers that need to be peeled off to get to the heart, the good stuff, the seed, the golden buddha, whatever you want to call it.
Another one of these is the artichoke.
Have you ever eaten an artichoke? You must patiently peel each piece off, one at a time, taste it and enjoy it- slowly getting to the best part- the heart. It’s rich and earthy. It’s creamy and soft. It’s firm and flavourful.
Sure, we can buy artichoke hearts in a can or a jar and enjoy the convenience of getting straight to the heart, but it’s never quite as satisfying as when we do it ourselves. We live in an age where so much of the “work” is done for us, but we are still so busy, unhappy, dis-satisfied. The work, or the journey is the part that makes the end so much tastier.
Consulting with Nature Does It Best is about so much more than what to eat to lose weight or look younger. It’s a journey to uncover and peel the many layers of beliefs we hold about ourselves to get to our heart or our own “golden buddha.” As each layer comes off we taste it, we might re-live it, we might toss it to the side, or we might just lay it down gently in a stream and bid farewell as it floats away.
When we unearth our own hearts, it is from this place we can connect to the innate wisdom deep inside and begin to make the choices that serve US our lives and the planet.
Jana Roy RHN
Nature Does It Best