Gratitude in abundance

It’s autumn again and the abundance is obvious. The forest and land is heaving with food and we know of no greater joy than getting out into the hills and foraging this freely given resource.
 
 
Our bodies seem to be built for this work. Our hands are made for picking up chestnuts and teasing them carefully out of their spiky cases. Our fingers are perfect for plucking ripe, juicy blackberries, figs and medronhos from bush and tree without squashing them. Our eyesight is subtle enough to distinguish the variety of wild edible leaves amongst the patchwork of the green. Our legs are happy to carry us through forest and up mountain.

 
The collection can be undertaken alone or in community and both are deeply satisfying. Roaming together sharing stories and insights as our ancestors must have done for thousands of years. We revel in each others company as we do in the treasures we are finding.
 
 
Being alone on the forest is also powerful and allows us to sink into a deeper intimacy with plant and land. It seems to be deep in our blood; the satisfaction of taking basket and bucket and very simply wandering about picking, plucking, identifying, nibbling and gathering. This is pure living - nature and simplicity.
 
 
The sharing of the harvest is best done together - feasting in community only increases the joy and sense of abundance.
 
 
When we consider the generosity of nature offering these gifts for our delight and to fill our bellies it puts us directly in touch with a profound gratitude. This gratitude is energising, restoring and part of the natural cycle of giving and receiving that gives endlessly and causes no harm. With this energy and pleasure freely given we give back, working happily to restore forest and land and learning to live as lightly as we can on this earth.
 
This is a full and beautiful way to live and we are deeply grateful to be living it.
 
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