The word ‘humility’ comes from the Latin word ‘humus’ which means fertile ground… [It] is the situation of the earth. The earth is always there, always taken for granted, never remembered, always trodden on by everyone, somewhere we cast and pour out all the refuse, all we don’t need. It’s there, silent and accepting everything and in a miraculous way making out of all the refuse new richness in spite of corruption, transforming corruption itself into a power of life and a new possibility of creativeness, open to the sunshine, open to the rain, ready to receive any seed we sow, and capable of bringing thirtyfold, sixtyfold, a hundredfold out of every seed… The earth is always there, always taken for granted
Metropolitan Anthony Bloom, Learning to Pray
Sound so much like Ursula LeGuin’s idea of composting. Maybe this is why her composting way of freewriting resonated so much with me. It is truly a spiritual exercise, applied to writing.