MY NEW SPIRITUAL PRACTICE is a moving meditation aimed at dandelions, a ritual that brings me into touch with my own powerlessness, and also my own power. Want to meditate with me?
It’s a three-step program (not twelve, thank you very much) and all are welcome. Required gear: a half-moon edger, or small spade, to cut into the ground very close to the offending crown of Taraxacum officinale; your foot (which I assume is always at the ready), and a tip bag or bucket or wheelbarrow to collect all the bodies in.
Simply step firmly on the edger or spade an inch or less from the center of the plant. With the blade inserted deeply (as dandelions have long tap roots), rock the tool back and forth to expose the plant, then bend down and remove the root by firmly grasping and wiggling it loose from the wedge of soil with your fingers. I like to wear vinyl surgical gloves for tasks like this, and to spare my knees dozens of up-and-down’s per meditation session I perform Step 1 on a number of clumps, then bend to the task of Step 2 all at once. Perhaps you are able to genuflect more times daily, but I am pacing myself these days.
This works best after a nice rain, and maintaining a devoted practice (at least in the areas of the garden nearest to the house) means I am not overrun…though I use no lawn chemicals. Sound like too much work? Then please as a minimum mow your dandelions before they go to seed. I don’t need any more of them drifting on the wind over to my place. One can only meditate so much.