Intentional Gardening is Meditation
“And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.” ― Shanti
The practice of yoga reaches far beyond your mat; breath and attention create the sense of union that occurs through the practice. The feeling of caring for something is so incredibly healing and the sanctuary of a garden is a powerful place to connect. Whether you have a full yard to mess about in or an assorted array of apartment plants, getting your hands in the dirt and caring for your own slice of nature is a wonderful source of meditation. Even the tiniest shrub reminds us of the cycles of the seasons and the magic and power of our planet.
"In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous." ― Aristotle
Here's 5 simple ways to ground into your gardening practice, cultivate relaxation and connect to the craft:
- Get to know your plants. These living, breathing entities have so much to share. Get close.
- Sing to them, talk to them. It feels good for all parties!
- Create your garden as an expression of yourself. Let this be a creative outlet to connect to your internal landscape.
- Infuse intention into the food you grow for yourself. Bottom line, you are what you eat.
- Reflect your goals and desires into your work. Try assigning a mantra or intention to each piece of your garden and remind yourself each time you water.