“Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.” ~Lindley Karstens
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the practical side of gardening; the healthy food that that it supplies, the security it can provide through the preservation of it. While these may be the most important things to you I believe this quote reminds us of so much more that the garden is about.
Let us not take for granted these fine gifts and let them go overlooked just because of the practical purposes of a garden. I would say the peace and serenity of gardening has done as much for my health as the nutrition provided from the garden.
When I was a kid I could lay in the grass for an hour and just watch the clouds and imagine all the things they looked like. The other day I thought about how I don’t do that anymore as an adult, there are a lot of reasons for that and they’re not all bad but it seems as though my gardening time is the adult equivalent of this.
Do you take some time to just sit in your garden, appreciate the beauty, admire creation and all the glory it contains. Soak in all that it has to offer, watch the the birds, the insects, be amazed at how growth and production takes place.
Think about how one tiny seed can grow a tree that can provide you with hundreds of pounds of food year after year. Let yourself be amazes by how it all works together to provide and find thankfulness and even a little humility in the fact that you are a recipient of this miracle.
Smell the soil and the blooms, listen to the wind gently blowing through the leaves in a form similar in sound to waves falling upon the sands of a shore.
Don’t forget about the practical side of gardening and all that it has to offer but just as importantly, don’t ignore the poetically wonderful “other” things your garden offers you, enjoy all of it!
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