Garden Mindfully

what is mindful gardeningWelcome to my blog Garden Mindfully!

Gardening helps me savor the present moment. It’s an escape just a few steps out the front door. After divorcing my garden, I moved back to Bethlehem, Pa. where I dig around town. I lost one garden and gained four: I grow herbs and houseplants in my window, shady ornamentals in my apartment courtyard, sun-loving flowers and shrubs at CoWork 414, and vegetables at the NCC East 40 Community Garden.

How do we know if we’re gardening mindfully, or just gardening? A meaningful experience happens when we:

  • Focus. Each leaf, petal, root, and bulb has a special feel in your hand. Savor moment to moment with all five senses.
  • Imagine. What will come of that seed you’re planting?
  • Pace ourselves. Accept what your body can handle. Do just enough, not too much, to actually enjoy your time outside. Be kind to your body.
  • Think deeply. Harvesting fresh vegetables? You’re helping the environment as a whole — and your mind, body, and spirit. Picking a bouquet of wildflowers? You’re creating beauty for your neighbors and your home. Gardening with friends? You’re creating a community.

Garden Mindfully is a community. A poet at heart, I write this for you: gardeners, foodies, meditators, writers, plant lovers, free thinkers … and those who stop and smell the roses. I’m always learning. Share your stories with me!

–Sienna

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