If you have been following me anywhere on any of my social media platforms, you will know that I started a garden recently. More specifically I started a gardening project with a group of friends where each person grows a selection of fruits and veggies. Then once they're in season we exchange them. This way we are all contributing, we're eating organic, fresh foods, and getting involved in the environment.
I'm still new to the gardening thing but I have learned so much. I have gained so much from doing this kind of work and I wanted to share that insight with you guys in hopes that you can get something from this whether it be interest in doing your own garden, or ideas for mindfulness and self care.
The first thing I noticed from working in the garden was mood enhancement. I suspect that it comes from many things. Being outside soaking up some vitamin D, physical activity, and doing something with a purpose I think are all contributors to boosting my mood. Not only am I feeling better, but my son is too. He loves helping me outside, and it instantly puts a smile on his face.
The second thing I really enjoyed form working outside is the mindfulness aspect. The work is fairly repetitive. It's not something that requires consistent focus. However, it's just enough work to keep your mind from wondering and getting overwhelmed. Doing this kind of work has shown to create the same mind state as meditation, and I've felt that.
The final thing that I can put into words is the sense of purpose gardening gives. It's a skill set that has physical product to show for it. It's working in the dirt and connecting to nature. It's creating a space for life. It's a very peaceful feeling to be able to connect to the world in a different way.
I don't know if my carrots will ever grow big enough to eat. I don't know if my flowers are ever going to bloom. I don't know if I will be able to keep anything other than my cactus alive. But it has been well worth the experience.