Shmita on the Homestead Part 2

Oct 13, 2021

"Life goes wrong when the control of space, the acquisition of things of space, becomes our sole concern.”
― Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath

In this week's podcast, we are talking about Smita one more time. There's so much to talk about and think about. But really what we are seeing is a gradual perspective shift. (Click here to listen to the podcast Apple, Spotify, Web)

Let me explain more there's been this really strange air on the homestead. Almost like we are packing up to move. Like that feeling, you had when you packed up at the end of the school year.

You knew you were coming back but still you had to go for a few months (in our case a year)

We have been working hard to get the garden beds tucked in for a year. Mostly cleaning up trellises and putting down a good helping of mulch.

Normally this time of year our fall garden would be booming and we'd be working to keep up with that. So it is for sure a change. Being out of the normal cycle means a different perspective.

What I have found is that I can now spend my time on other projects. You know those ones that we all put off forever?

So first up I started building a root cellar and meat curing room. Super excited about that project.

I have a dream of cured meats! is that normal?

But it's never been top on my list because of keeping up with the garden and other growing projects.

Now that I have stepped back I realized that having a spot for ferments, food preservation, meat curing, and just a little more to experiment with keeping food, is very important to me.

It's definitely a passion of mine that goes hand in hand with growing food. But perhaps by "releasing" food growing I can find even more joy in food preservation.

As I write this I am really starting to realize that Shmita (in English release) is allowing a different perspective.

My challenge for you is that you can find something to release. You don't have to let it go forever. But in that letting go you can find a different perspective.

Think about what you hold close to you. What brings you security? What makes you feel like you have control? What brings you joy?

Think about releasing just one of those and think about what else you might see that could bring you joy.

Peace and Love,

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