“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.” ~ Alfred Austin
Whether you have a backyard garden or some herbs soaking up the sunlight from your kitchen window, you are a gardener.
To be a gardener is also to be present. Every day there is change and you either go with it, or you get frustrated. If you plan on having many gardens in your lifetime, learning with your plants seems to be the way to go.
The next time you find yourself in the act of gardening, whether you’re toiling in the dirt or just giving your plants a good water, take example from what’s around you.
Things grow and change every day, even when conditions are not optimal.
Pests may come and (hopefully) go. There may be more rain than sun, or too much sun and no rain. There may be weeds that are hardier than your plants.
Sometimes we try to fight nature, while at other times we learn from it.
Each day you garden, notice whats new with regards to your plant. Notice any changes, however minor, and try to bring gratitude to the theme of change.
Move in rhythm with what is around you.
On some days, you’ll be able to garden like a warrior, while in others you may feel defeated. Yet as a whole, things keep growing, one present moment at a time.
Focus on what went right every day, whether its an emerging bud or a thickened stalk or new tomato.
Every day, every moment, your plants can teach you what it means to be mindful.