monks garden

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Oh wow, I can’t believe my luck. Only poked the barrel 4 times before I got the hidden appearance for Brewmaster. (I could have poked it more if it would stop bugging out and vanishing the moment I clicked on it. That barrel is even more buggy and unusable most days than the druid garden is.) 

I don’t even like tanking but I wanted this appearance ever since I first saw it!

“We bring you a King with a head of gold…”

01. john barleycorn - the john renbourne group 02. horn dance - sharron kraus 03. dead king - espers 04. at a springe wel - mediaeval baebes 05. wolf quartet - matt berry 06. a fairytale about slavery - miranda sex garden 07. cantiga - mediaeval baebes 08. gather up - matt berry 09. the wearing of the horns - the memory band 10. the monk song - miranda sex garden 11. das tor - faun 12. the lammas - the owl service 13. dead queen - espers

LISTEN: (8tracks) (Playmoss)

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“Our garden is the envy of Sussex. We have discovered a colchicum, like a little purple tulip, which you plant one week and it comes up the next. Needless to say, this is all Leonard’s doing: he works like a navvy, and also climbs to the top of pear trees like a monkey. Now, wasn’t I right to marry a man like that? I offer my admiration, but am seldom allowed an active part—Really, I don’t believe anything is so lovely as a garden on a hot day." 

– Virginia WoolfSelected Letters

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Dambulla, Sri Lanka

#TROPAEOLUM MAJUS

Tropaeolum majus (garden nasturtium, Indian cress or monks cress) is a flowering plant in thefamily Tropaeolaceae, originating in the Andes from Bolivia north to Colombia.

Nasturtiums are considered widely useful companion plants. They repel a great many cucurbit pests, like squash bugs, cucumber beetles, and several caterpillars. They have a similar range of benefits for brassica plants, especially broccoli and cauliflower. They also serve as a trap crop against black fly aphids. They also attract beneficial predatory insects.

All its parts are edible. The flower has most often been consumed, making for an especially ornamental salad ingredient; it has a slightly peppery taste reminiscent of watercress, and is also used in stir fry. The flowers contain about 130 mg vitamin C per 100 grams (3.5 oz),[10]about the same amount as is contained in parsley.[11] Moreover, they contain up to 45 mg of lutein per 100 gr,[12] which is the highest amount found in any edible plant. The unripe seed pods can be harvested and dropped into spiced vinegar to produce a condiment and garnish, sometimes used in place of capers.[13]Nasturtiums are also a favorite treat of chickens (along with garlic chives, clover, chickweed and turnips)

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Mindfulness v. Procrastination: Exercise
You know that feeling when you have to study or do a chore and it feels like a thousand hands are holding you back? You get a weird dull feeling in your mind and you start the inner bargaining?

This is because you are of a divided mind.

That’s where the bargaining comes in. Mind vs. Ego. Here is a little exercise which can help you identify how this process works. Take a task, a simple one but unpleasant like folding laundry or washing dishes. Now self observe the process as it occurs. You will not want to do the task yet the task must get done. Watch your mind.

Now, try this. Same scenario only this time you make the task into a meditation like a Zen monk raking the garden. You focus, to the best of your ability, on the task at hand. Do not let your mind wander at all. If it does just bring it back and focus on that simple task.

See if you can sense a difference.

I wish I could express how frustrating it is when people reblog my faith posts with comments like “this is what faith should be” or “I wish more christians would be like this”

because that’s what faith is, that’s how people of faith (of many faiths) are doing it right now, and every time it’s implied that what I write about is somehow unique among people of faith, or even unique among Catholics, I rankle because–that’s my community you’re scoffing at, and I am not going to be the exception to prove your scorn.

faith is engineered to be messy and complicated and loud, intimate and public, giving and falling short, half hopeful practice and half terrified belief and half endless questing to fill your own brokenness, a mediator between you and god but also you and all these other people who you share the world with, whether you like it or not, and in fact it will tell you to be good to them, because that is the logical conclusion of this idea of you, and god.

and the idea that somehow a tumblr post is enough to tell that entire community how they should beis so deeply irritating to me, so indicative of how little regard you have for faith and people of faith, that I want to shake you until your molars rattle.