Gardening is a beautiful hobby that people of all ages can enjoy. It is an activity that offers relaxation and renewal, stress relief, tension release and so many other benefits. It can help you bond with nature or spend some time alone in quiet contemplation of life’s mysteries, both natural and spiritual. These moments of contemplation in the garden can bring about inner peace.
Gardening as Meditation
Meditation is the practice of focusing your attention on one thing. It can be a sound, an image or even a feeling. By doing this, you become more aware of what’s happening in the present moment and more able to let go of the negative thoughts and feelings that cause stress and anxiety.
Meditation is about slowing down and paying attention to the present moment. It’s about being able to detach yourself from the constant, non-stop chatter in your head and focus on what’s happening right now.
Gardening is the perfect place to practice meditation because you have to slow down, be present, and think carefully about what you are doing. Gardening will give you a sense of purpose, calmness and mindfulness. It will also allow you to feel a deeper connection with your food by growing it yourself.
How to Practice Meditation in the Garden
Meditation while gardening is one of the best ways to achieve inner peace and help you deal with negative feelings. It will help you release stress and become more grounded. By regularly meditating in the garden, you will develop a sense of peace and calm to help you throughout your day.
Focus on the sights and sounds of the garden and calm your mind. You will be amazed at how the little things that we take for granted in our lives can help us so much when it comes to stress and anxiety.
When you are out gardening, get into the habit of looking at the world around you with new eyes. What is growing? How tall is it? Is there anything else that you can see or smell? By using all of your senses, you are not only engaging in an activity that you enjoy, but you are also developing a better understanding of the world around you.
Be mindful while doing each gardening activity, while digging, pruning, watering and harvesting. Be aware of your movements, actions and sensations, as well as the smells around you.
Earthing/Grounding through Gardening
Earthing, also known as grounding, has been around for centuries. The concept is simple: it’s the act of connecting to the Earth itself.
There’s much more to grounding than just walking barefoot. You can reap plenty of health benefits from being grounded: reduced inflammation and pain, improved sleep quality, stress and anxiety prevention and boosted energy levels.
With grounding as your practice, you will feel more connected to your body, mind, emotions and spirit. Grounding exercises are an excellent way to allow yourself to experience being present at any time of day.
Combining grounding with meditation will enhance the effects of the time spent gardening. It allows your body to release tension and makes it easier for you to let go of any negative feelings or thoughts causing stress or anxiety.
A Parting Reminder
Try and create a plan for your garden that is reasonable to accomplish. Don’t overwork yourself with too many things at once, or you will become overwhelmed and derail from the purpose of gardening. Instead, do a little bit each day so that your garden becomes your sanctuary from your hectic life. By adding a little meditation to your gardening, you can reap the benefits of becoming more calm and relaxed.