anTurkey Tracks: May 27, 2014
I’m In Charleston
I’m in Charleston–and will be for the next two weeks.
I’m visiting my two sons, who live two blocks from each other on Isle of Palms–which is just north of Charleston harbor. AND, I’m staring my visit with my old young friend Tara Derr Webb and her husband Leighton Webb of Awendaw, SC. They are the owners of the Farmbar project (farm to table food and the products of the most amazing farms and fiber makers) and of Deux Peuces Farm (two fleas–they are the two fleas). Tara falls in age between my two sons, so I’ve known her almost as long as I’ve known them–minus a decade maybe.
Tara and I are working on her farm–there will be a workshop later today to make lacto-fermented foods and to teach others from the Farmbar community to make them. And we are off in a minute to round up the food for the workshop. I came prepared with books (Sandor Ellis Katz’s WILD FERMENTATION, for one) and a handout that includes gut health issues and information about The Weston A. Price Foundation.
This morning we shared this page from Thich Nhat Hanh’s HOW TO SIT:
Many of us keep trying to do more and more. We do things because we want to make money, accomplish something, take care of others, or make our lives and our world better. Often we do things without thinking, because we are in the habit of doing them, because someone asks us to, or because we think we should. But if the foundation of our being is not strong enough, then the more we do, the more troubled our society becomes.
Sometimes we do a lot, but we don’t really do anything. There are many people who work a lot. There are people who seem to meditate a lot, spending many hours a day doing sitting meditation, chanting, reciting, lighting a lot of incense, but who never transform their anger, frustration, and jealousy. This is because the quality of our being is the basis of all our actions. With an attitude of accomplishing, judging, or grasping, all of our actions–even our meditation–will have that quality. The quality of our presence is the most positive element that we can contribute to the world.
Here’s a not-so-great picture of Tara on her porch this morning–in between chores. I will take pictures while I am here for later–the ipad isn’t so great for the blog.