Spending time in a peaceful garden will also help you recover your inner harmony and perspective when life feels like it is getting on top of you.
Gardening by its very essence forces you to hold back. It isn't something you should hurry or do in a rush and it offers the ability to be vigilant.
It's simple to start practicing a part of your time in the garden with care, whether
it's pausing for a yoga session or just being more mindful of your body while you're gardening.
You don't need to have your own garden to appreciate spending quality time with plants – even gathering a small selection of herbs to usually offer you the same opportunity to relax.
What are the benefits to your overall wellbeing from gardening?
Spending some time in a garden will bring real effects for both physical and mental health.
A 2006 study found gardening can reduce your risk of developing dementia by 36 per cent.
If you're outdoors for gardening, you'll also strengthen your absorption of vitamin D by merely being outside for a longer time.
Gardening is a fantastic way to enhance your emotional state too. Studies have shown that spending time in the forest can help improve mood and gardening has long been used as depression treatment.
A 2010 research by Essex University reported that
"every green environment improves self-esteem and mood; greater effects are created by the presence of water."
1) Study a flower
Find a quiet place to sit and start by taking a few deep breaths, then start studying the vegetation. In turn, pay close attention to every part of the flowers – how do the petals look in this instant? Is the flowers base flat or curved? Are the edges of the leaves smooth or clenched?
If you feel like your mind is starting to wander, switch back your focus to your breathing for a few minutes, then return to the exercise.
2) Walk barefoot
This one is saved mostly during the summer season – even when you don't need equipment. Walk through your garden, and relish the grass icy feeling.
How do the edges among your toes feel? What other sensations can you actually feel? Is there a gentle breeze as well? Try to pay attention to your senses, and reckon of what you can hear, smell, and touch.
3) Switch off your autopilot
By living on an automatic mode, we lose out on chances to really embrace amazing experiences. You know how to handle the moment in full when you start paying attention.
Holly Farrell, author of Gardening for Mindfulness, says that we need to avoid working on autopilot.
“It is how we can sit at a desk for hours, manfully trying to finish a piece of work, and not notice until we finish just how very tired, hungry, cold and stiff we are.”
4) Listen to the falling rain
Without water in some form, we cannot garden. Listening to rain can be a simple meditation. Next time it rains, take time to become present through the sound of the rain. Hear it patter and fall on the roof.
5) Be grateful
When you feel disappointed with your garden and your vines have yielded only one miserable grape, you should change your mindset and seek to feel grateful: This one grape is just really beautiful, and this grape vine is still alive. You have a soil to plant a vineyard in. You have a garden to grow that soil in. Your single grape then becomes a gift.
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