How many of us need to learn mindfulness and appreciation in the garden? Everyone is in such a rush and our world moves so quickly. Do we ever take time for mindfulness and appreciation in the garden? I am writing in memory of my father who recently died. He taught me a love of gardening. I will always be thankful for this gift of love. He did some quirky things like using fish as garden fertilizer. By remembering his behavior I could learn a subtle lesson. I have not mastered this lesson yet. He was excellent in this behavior and didn’t need any lessons in mindfulness and appreciation in the garden.
Mindfulness and Appreciation in the Garden Demonstration
After any job or project in the garden my father would sit in his lawn chair and have a beer. Then he would just look over what he had accomplished. It didn’t matter whether it was building his sheds, roto-tilling the garden, burying fish, axing out a huge stump, or planting tomato seedlings. My father would always sit afterwards and look over what he had done. I realize now that he was modeling lessons in mindfulness and appreciation. It would be very beneficial to me if I could learn how to do this.
Always Rushing From One Task to the Next…
In my busy life I have lots of goals. We all do! I always say let’s celebrate when we accomplish a goal. One example is after we picked all the tomatoes and peppers from our garden before the first frost. I want to take the time to acknowledge that we finished and did a good job. I want to be mindful of our task and appreciate that we have all these great vegetables near the end of November. Then have some relaxation as a reward for finishing. But I often don’t really acknowledge the ending. I just move on to the next task. I would like to learn from my father how to take the time for mindfulness and appreciation in the garden after tasks finished and well done. Maybe we could sit in our lawn chairs, look over the bowls filled with our harvest, look over our garden that has produced so much this summer–and be mindful and appreciate. And maybe have a glass of wine or a beer and enjoy!
This is another great article about mindfulness in the garden–a different approach!