It is the 4th day of summer and of #30dayswild challenge already! Time flies by quickly… And on the 4th of June, we were doing gardening!
If you have thought of starting gardening, spring is the perfect time to plant, while summer is ideal for maintaining the growing crops. If you have never done or even thought of doing gardening, here are just some of the benefits you can get from doing it:
- Grounding. Gardening allows you to get in very close contact with the earth, which, effectively, makes it a type of grounding/earthing practice. Hence, while you are doing gardening, you can have all the benefits of gardening, which you can read about here.
- Mindfulness. Gardening is a very good way to practice mindfulness. As your mind is focused on a specific task (planting, weeding, watering), just try to be in the moment – maybe, watch carefully the plants, trying to catch every detail about them, or try to smell the air, listen to the sounds of animals in your garden… Mindfulness in nature can be a very rewarding and pleasant practice!
- You can grow your own crops and be sure they are 100% organic! Originally, it was the motivation behind starting our own gardening. When you grow vegetables and fruit yourself, you can be sure they are 100% organic and cruelty free. Also, it is very rewarding and exciting to see how your own food grows, and once it is ripe, it tastes soo delicious!
- Gardening is a very good exercise! Try spending a few hours every weekend gardening – you will feel the difference!
- Fresh air. Usually, gardening is done outdoors, which means you can benefit from spending time outside in nature and get all the benefits of Nature Therapy, which you can read more about here.
- Relax! The pace of our lives is sometimes very fast. On top of that, we tend to spend much time in front of computers, TVs, in the offices… It could make us stressed and negatively impact our overall wellbeing. While you are gardening, you can let your mind relax from work, and slow down to the rhythm of nature, which is much more peaceful than that of people.
- Embrace the beauty of nature! Many of us spend much time indoors – gardening is a good excuse to go out and, yet once more, enjoy the beauty of nature – the colourful palates of plants, the beautiful birds songs, the sunset… Notice the beauty and art in nature!
Do you grow your own vegetables, herbs, fruits or flowers? If you do, do you enjoy the practice? Which benefits have you noticed from your gardening practice?
We would love to hear your thoughts!