Planting Seeds of Well-Being | Omega

“Can you find another market like this? Where, with your one rose you can buy hundreds of rose gardens? Where, for one seed you get a whole wilderness?” —Rumi, 13th-century Persian poet

The days have been getting longer, more light hinting of spring's approach until it’s 7:00 p.m. and still light out. The nose detects spring, often before the eyes. Even with snow still on the ground it’s possible to smell the shift happening. The scent is watery, plantish, earthy. Some days you can even feel spring in the depths of your being, a subtle nostalgia or déjà vu. We’ve been here before, in this time between seasons. 

Plants begin sprouting again from the wet earth. Out of the corner of your eye, you get a glimpse of colorful buds on trees, life emerging from rest, again moving and growing, without fail. 

Here on campus, Omega's activity is renewed. After months of planning and producing, buildings are reopened and the grounds graded, reset, and raked, ready again for 115 seasonal staff and more than 225 guests arriving in April. 

Some staff and guests are returning to campus and some are arriving for the first time—each looking to take part in an inner transformation, an inner sprouting.

Seeds will sprout anywhere, even in the gaps in sidewalks, on the tops of old walls, and seemingly broken spaces if they are allowed. Possibility pushes through, life continues, no matter what. But, it’s only when there is good, rich soil that a seed’s promise can reach its greatest potential. 

That’s what Omega offers, a rich, vibrant, dynamic planting bed, out of which the seeds of well-being that already exist in all of us can sprout, flourish, and thrive.

© 2015 Omega Institute for Holistic Studies

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