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Tithing as a Lesson from Nature By Zach Abbey

Nature teaches us many wonderful lessons at the farm each year. For example, every fall season, the leaves, branches, needles, and organic material of all kinds fall back to the earth, to replenish the soil from which Life and all plants on our planet spring forth. This natural process is Nature’s method of mulching; of giving back to earth.

The more that I give that which I have to give, the more I am amazed at how well taken care of I am in the process.  The more I feed those areas of my Life which truly resonate with my higher self and dharma, the more they grow in me. And equally as important, the more that I forget myself in the process of giving (for nothing is truly mine!), the closer I feel to all harmony with life itself.

Nature teaches us many wonderful lessons at the farm each year. For example, every fall season, the leaves, branches, needles, and organic material of all kinds fall back to the earth, to replenish the soil from which Life and all plants on our planet spring forth. This natural process is Nature’s method of mulching; of giving back to earth.

While this simple realization of giving has been a profound realization for me in my own role as Ananda farmer, it has been even more profound in the application of this truth in my life as a devotee. For the power of giving back is not merely that which is found in Nature’s cycle of life, but rather, is the universal principle upon which all good things come into fruition.

In the process of helping to start Ananda Farm on Camano Island some 5.5 years ago, I’ve experienced that the principle of giving has never failed me. As part of our natural farm plan, we live on a very small stipend each month. Technically, we are WELL below the poverty line. But never in these 5.5 years has this thought had a place in my mind. For I’ve known, two things. 1) This is not my work, this is God’s work. 2) In giving everything I can of what I have to give, I will be taken care of.

Time and again, this has been true.

The more that I give that which I have to give, the more I am amazed at how well taken care of I am in the process.  The more I feed those areas of my Life which truly resonate with my higher self and dharma, the more they grow in me. And equally as important, the more that I forget myself in the process of giving (for nothing is truly mine!), the closer I feel to all harmony with life itself.

– Zach Abbey

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