One of the therapies suggested by OIDA Therapy, which relates to healthy eating, protection of the environment and inner healing is to plant a conscious vegetable garden. This is considered a therapy of faith through which we can contemplate the wonder of life and be part of it.
A conscious garden is one that is planted with seeds that have not been genetically modified and grown without the use of chemical pesticides, which contaminate the earth and the foods. We can cultivate our garden on land set aside for that or, if we do not have enough space, we can use pots on the balcony of our house, in a garden or on a terrace. The materials we need are very simple: organic seeds, clean water, earth, natural fertilizer,
time, songs, prayers and patience. Later you will harvest healthy vegetables and a great faith in marvelous Mother Nature and Her seeds.
When the earth is ready to cultivate and we are ready to begin planting, in the moon phase most suitable for the type of cultivation, we can say the following prayer to Mother Nature:
Beloved Mother Earth,
You have maintained me with Your fruits.
Today I ask Your grace that I might be a little gardener in Your service.
I ask that You please give me faith in Your seeds and in the service I wish to offer so that the Supreme Being, as the true enjoyer of my efforts, will grant me a successful cultivation.
I offer myself to Your marvelous efforts.
Please allow me to learn and be grateful for the beauty of how we are maintained by You.
This therapy teaches us to be careful in choosing the food we are going to put into our bodies. Also we experience the connection between the well-being of plants and our care, love and protection of them. This increases our faith in the wonder and perfection of Mother Earth’s creation and in our ability to harmonize with our environment in an active way.
As a part of the therapy, we consider it an act of faith to do some work in the garden, to see the seed we planted come up and to protect the seedling from weeds. We can compare this process with what happens in our lives. It is similar to our preparing the base wherein we are going to care for and grow our seed of faith, protecting it against bad influences and harvesting the well-being and happiness that germinated and grew from it.
To work in a garden is also an excellent life lesson in learning about gratitude and charity since, at harvest time, you can cook something delicious, offer it to the Supreme Creator and distribute to the needy. This is the most beautiful way to put compassion and the spirit of brotherhood into practice.
The conscious garden is a therapy of faith through which we can contemplate the wonder of life and be part of it with a healthy diet, protection of the environment and inner healing.