Murphy’s Blueberry Farm is one of the prettiest places around here. The view is draw-dropping and the picking, superb.
Today I went for my last picking of the season, as the farm will close for the season next weekend.
Late berries are the sweetest, and I was born to pick.
I love searching the bushes, testing each berry for ripeness with a small tug.
I become absorbed, obsessed almost, the berries becoming the anchor for a deep meditative state. It’s what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls the “flow state” –a thorough absorption in the task.
It is a berry deep place.
An hour later, when I “came to,”my bucket was heavy with fruit, and my heart was light.
10 thoughts on “A Berry Deep Meditation”
where…”peace comes dropping slow…”
Enjoy the pie.
I love to pick berries at Murphy’s!!! Going with a friend leads to some great conversations but going alone is equally enjoyable. Last week, after spending much too much time with family medical issues and adoption complications, I took myself to the blueberry patch and picked for a long time. It was late afternoon, quiet, peaceful and exactly what my soul needed.
LOVELY! I didn’t get around to picking blueberries this summer (wwwaaaaa) (I thought about this when I read your “summer list” & decided it’s definitely a must-do for next summer!) WHERE is Murphy’s Blueberry Farm?? Looks gorgeous!!! I must go!!!
It’s up on Mulberry Hill, right off Rte 6. If you are traveling West on 6 towards Wellsboro, the turn is right after the ramp for the new 15 bypass (a left). There is a sign with (what else?) a blueberry on it! Follow the signs, it’s well marked.
Beautiful! How do I get there, Kath?
Joey, See my response to Cindy above.
I pick blueberries at Wetherbee’s in Stonyfork, and the view is just as amazing! I too enjoy picking “solo”, and find it rather meditative. Sometimes I find myself wanting to go more for the solitude than actually wanting the blueberries!
And I find the dishes that I make from these berries to be much more satisfying than dishes made from store-bought berries, or even fresh-picked berries that weren’t picked by me.
Oh cool. Remind me to ask you for directions to Wetherbee’s next blueberry season. And I can totally relate to the need for solitude more than the need for berries. The berries are a complete bonus!