Updated: Apr 24
"A butterfly, which when pursued, seems always just beyond your grasp; but if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you." -Nathaniel Hawthorne
For many of us, a kind of magic arises in the garden. Spending time in a quiet garden can help you regain inner balance and perspective. By its very nature, gardening forces us to slow down. The hard edges of life seem to soften as we dig in the dirt. Focusing our awareness on the present moment while working in the soil and tending to the plants allows us to notice all of the shapes, colors, textures and scents that surround us as we immerse ourselves in nature. Gardening nourishes our MIND, BODY SPIRIT.
I love to garden because it is an act of hope. Taking care of a garden is a great way to step outside of ourselves and is an opportunity to connect directly to nature. Gardening can be very meditative as well, providing us with a moment in time to just be and exist alone with our thoughts.
Gardening is a mindful activity according to Jon Kabat-Zinn, Author of 'Mindfulness for Beginners'. Kabat-Zinn states, “Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.”
When gardening, you have to be mindful of where the plants are placed. Is there room to grow? Will they get enough sunlight? You connect with nature and the present moment through decisions and actions...thus, you are practicing mindfulness.