Spring has arrived at our corner of the world full of all the delights of verdant awakenings. For the first time in weeks, I feel calm and balanced. Why? I spent most of the afternoon in the garden.
Gardening is a contemplative practice. Like meditation, gardening empties the mind, allowing the gardener to open to Nature. When I garden, I get into the zone so completely that several hours will pass, and I will feel like I have only been outside for a short time. The thing the really amazes me is that while my body will be tired, my mind is at rest. Honestly, I feel like I just woke from 10 hours of solid REM sleep.
Interestingly, I just read an article on "forest bathing" or shinrin-yoku. According to scientists, being outside with the trees and Nature is super beneficial to our health. Gardening has the same effet on us.
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May the rebirth of Nature bring you peace and balance. Blessings!