Believed to be a native to North Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent, Purslane reached Europe by the late 16th century. It now grows in most parts of the world, preferring tropical weather and/or warm temperatures. Cultivated more than 4,000 years for food and medicinal use, this weed still serves both purposes today. Considered very nutritious, Purslane is high in omega-3 fatty acids (like those in fish and flax seeds), with other health properties such as vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium and antioxidants. Both leaves and seeds are edible and Purslane is prominently used in cuisine around the world.
Writing a series of essays on weeds is about finding hidden meaning, uncovering nuisances and discovering purposefulness in unexpected places. In many ways it is a metaphor for how I’ve found ways to dig myself out of some the muck and mire circumstances in living life. It’s a salient reminder about the intent of the practices I embrace to help center my life. In particular, I’m reminded that yoga is actually a transformative practice of/for the mind and spirit (as well as the body). As it turns out, I have an almost palatable distaste for exercise. However, yoga is the only “exercise” I've maintained my commitment to. I feel so good, so much better and balanced after yoga; and never feel tired. Ultimately, although excellent for the body, yoga like, mindfulness and meditation are supremely transformative and consistently beneficial toward the balance of the whole self: mind, body and spirit.
The intent, purpose, direction is forward as we create better balance on the path of progress and peace.