Gardening as a pause

Gardening as a pause

We’re so excited to start digging in the dirt again.

We don’t know about you, but we are very happy to see the trees budding, the grass greening, and listening to folks talk about what their garden will grow.

It seems like everyone has a plan for their garden this year. Do you remember being a child and playing in the dirt? There’s actually proof that this activity is healthy.

There’s a lot of good reasons to grow plants in our own homes or yards or on our patios and decks. For one thing, it’s just plain fun! When we tend to our gardens, we get to enjoy the outdoors – which is always great on a sunny day. We can also get some exercise while we work in our gardens – just ask any serious gardener.

And there are some other benefits of gardening that are not so obvious: it can actually improve our mental health! Researchers have found that people who tend gardens report improved moods and lower levels of stress and anxiety when compared with those who do not take part in gardening activities. This is especially true for those with mental illnesses like depression or anxiety disorders.

This article shares some ways gardening supports mental health and personal growth: connection to the natural world, acceptance, releasing perfectionism and being present to name a few

I know you may be thinking, “But I don’t have enough space for a garden.” or “I don’t have time for a garden.” or “I don’t know how to grow a garden.” (question: is there a community garden close by?)

Well, guess what? You can still enjoy the benefits of gardening by tending your plants indoors.

You can even get creative with container gardening if you don’t have much space available.

And if you really want to challenge yourself, try growing something unusual like cacti or succulents! It will be so rewarding when they bloom and thrive under your care!

This summer, we invite you to take some time to pause, get your hands in the soil, slip into a meditative state and just be. Your little (or big) garden can be your conscious pause.

Here’s a favourite, Mary Oliver’s poem called The Gardener:

Have I lived enough?
Have I loved enough?
Have I considered Right action enough, have I come to any conclusions?
Have I experienced happiness with sufficient gratitude?
Have I endured loneliness with grace?
I say this, or perhaps I’m just thinking it. Actually, I probably think too much.
Then I step out into the garden, where the gardener, who is said to be a simple man, is tending his children, the roses.

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