Seed for the World

Posted On February 5, 2017

I love feeding birds, especially in early morning.  There’s something simple yet profound that draws me to this daily ritual.

As I open the feeder and pour fresh seed in, the whoosh of the grains swirling round delights my ears.   My face softens with a smile as I ponder how privileged I am to serve creation breakfast.

Peering outside through my den window, waiting for the first bird to arrive, I watch with awe as she, this simple wren lands for morning feast. Her tiny eyes and mine meet.  Our hearts echo each other. 

In that moment, there’s a giving and a receiving that connects us. Sowing seed is the giving.  The pleasure and enjoyment of her graceful beauty is the receiving.

This act of giving and receiving—Oneing—breaks open the dawn[1].

We’ve graced each other—the wren and I—and the seeds of grace spill into our hearts pouring into the day.  We’ve awakened to the universal ebb and flow, the mutual giving and receiving that occur when ordinary acts become extraordinary when filled with the mindfulness of love. 

And this mindfulness, this awareness of how our small acts pour love into the world and gift us back with enjoyment’s treasure is here for each of us to embrace.  The seeds of compassion we scatter and sow, gather and harvest each day through ordinary acts carried out with love are seed for the world.

Caressing a spouse’s back, encouraging a friend with kind words, writing a note of thanks, each of these actions contributes to the great unfolding of the world.  They join heaven with earth, creating an ever-expanding universe of compassion and hope.   They fulfill God’s cosmic plan for all creation to be One.

Into whose lives do you spread seeds of love? Who do your nourish with your life, through your gentle presence?

And who in turn nourishes you?  Who scatters seeds of hope upon your life with their simple acts of compassion?

We are all connected. The pure essence of life is love, love’s simple energy flowing in, through, and around us.  And as we sow and gather the seeds of care and compassion we make the world a sacred place.  We become seed for the world.

 —brian j plachta

[1] St. Julian of Norwich coined the term “Oneing” to describe our heart’s connection to each other, God, and all creation through love. 

Written by Brian J. Plachta

Related Posts

How Your Breath Is a Pathway to Inner Peace

In this fast-paced, often overwhelming world, it’s important to develop life-giving practices that teach us how to slow down and care for ourselves. Taking time to focus on our breath—both during quiet times of meditation and throughout the day—restores our balance and inner peace.

Is Your Image of God Big Enough?

God is always initiating and moving in our lives, his Divine love drawing us closer toward wholeness, inner peace, and balance. Our job is to listen and determine where and how God is guiding us, and then respond by following the Spirit’s lead.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.