Did you know that it has been scientifically proven that activities like gardening are good for you.
Last week I found a window in the weather, and my calendar, to get out into the garden. Some herbs needed a little tender care and the sunflowers had well passed blooming thanks to our recent visits from storms Ophelia and Brian. I had old growth from last year to pull up, some plants I wanted to rearrange and overgrown areas to claim back. The sun was shining for most of the time, and while it was cold I wrapped up and set to my work.
Gardening helps to ground us. I find that I can become so relaxed when gardening that I gain perspective. I seem to be able to look back over the previous weeks and see solutions to problems. The solutions seem to come instantly. I get a clear sense of what I need to do or not to do. I also find i become grateful for all the little things that I have taken for granted. So gardening offers a space to check in to my own thoughts and feelings and just let it all sort itself out. Every idea and answer to any questions just seems to come to me easily. Right now I find myself wondering why I don't garden more often. Doesn't have to be gardening. Could be walking in nature. A good walk by the sea. Ever start walking at one end of the beach and by the time you get to the other side all the tension that was there when you started your walk has just disappeared somehow. It's as if the sea has some magical powers that just allow it to wash through our energy being and clear away cobwebs.
Playing a musical instrument, going out and taking pictures, all things I love to do, and all times I just seem to feel more connected to my deeper self. My spiritual or soulful self. In modern language I suppose it would be called mindfulness. Being present in the moment. When I am fully present I seem to gain insight and awareness and loose more stressful thoughts easier. What about you? Do you have ways that calm mind and restore you spirit? Are you able to take this space often or does it only happen now and again. Like me do you find yourself wishing you had more time to feel like this?
Why not look at your next week and pencil in your soul time. The time when you will take some time to get lost in simple tasks that will feed your soul and calm your mind. Generally these times cost little or nothing, like gardening or walking, or swimming, painting, listening to or playing music. Whatever works for you, do it and enjoy it.
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Remember that an out of control garden takes too much energy, too many things going on and no room for real insight or production. So choose well, and don't over crowd your garden. Allow a few seeds of positive thoughts and actions the space to grow and develop, put some colour in there and, in a few months, marvel at the great work you have done and continue to do. A plant starts with one seed being sown. Positive thinking starts with one thought being sown.
Happy Planting folks.Let me know what works for you. Let me know how you feed your soul. I'd love to hear your soulful ways.