Spirituality And Gardening Is Fueled By Just One Seed
Why do you love to garden?
Do you love the produce you can harvest when they are ripe and ready?
Do you love the feel of the soil under your fingers?
Do you just love to sit and admire your work, taking it all in and feeling just so grounded and magic?
ALL THE ABOVE … I KNOW ME TOO
Spirituality and gardening is fuelled by just one seed
When you love to garden it’s more than just a physical workout, It’s more than a mental task, it’s something so much more that is hard to explain.
Gardening is hard work, that’s if you’re a serious gardener, there’s soil to move around and weeds to dig, and the garden always needs a good turn. Why is it then by the end of the gardening session when we feel absolutely stuffed we actually feel so damn good inside?
It’s a spiritual experience.
Gardening actually grounds us.
What does that mean?
We have 7 main chakras in our body, they start from the head and run down to your toes. When the bodies energy gets out of balance it can create lots of problems for you mentally, physically,emotionally and spiritually.
The best way to realign and balance your chakra energy is to toil in the soil, yes that’s right folks toil in the soil.
Your energy will balance itself through the harmonious relationship we have with the earth as you toil in the soil.
You become grounded like a magnet to the earth, this is the main reason why we feel so damn good after gardening, no matter how tired our body feels, we still feel like we have achieved something great, and that’s because we have.
Spirituality and gardening is fuelled by just one seed
Gardening gives us that valuable space that so many of us need, it gives us time out from people, busyness and just life.
We can go to that place in our heads that no body can get to, it’s a vacant space, an empty car lot that just sits there enjoying it’s ability to be just that, vacant.
When you garden you usually start off with a huff and a puff, the noise in your head is loud and the voices and thoughts are constantly changing.
You are going over all the information you have collected over the week. You are doing all this as well as starting off your gardening day.
As you continue to garden the noise gets quieter, the voices dull away and you find that vacant lot, you feel the soil between your fingers and you smell the scent of lavender dancing before your nose.
You are feeling relaxed in the zone, you have found your happy place.
When you plant your flowers and your vegetables, and your hands move the soil and caress the worms, finding the depth for the roots to find there home, it feels great.
That tiny plant stands their alone, insecure, a little limb as it struggles but fights to stand tall wanting for the cool air to help it find it’s feet. You sit back and appreciate what your garden will look like in 2 months time.
You plant your snap dragons and cornflowers, your larkspur and stock. You already know the scent is going to be heaven as your flowers blossom with their radiant colours.
You plant snap dragons and cornflowers and their in the corner you have the wall flowers planted so their scent waffles up through the window of the house.
There in the distance you have magnolia trees in many of their wonderful colours, the lemon, wine and white, they make a fine portrait all on their own.
You have Rhododendrons and Camellia trees to paint the back drop behind the house and there down the long drive way you have lovely cherry blossom trees.
You know that deep in the soil you have planted tulip bulbs and Dahlias, you have early cheer and daffodils, hyacinths, crocus and last but not lest the adorable freesias. The aroma to your nose is like honey to the bee, even in your imagination you can smell them, and see them.
Always take note of poisonous plants in your garden just incase you have small children coming into your home.
I know that foxglove, daphne, and crocus and very poisonous to small children, also the berries on the fuchsia plant so just something to always be aware of.
Planting plants that keep mosquitoes away is a fine idea to do especially if you have any water features.
There is nothing like a native tui in the garden with you, singing away her beautiful song as you toil in the soil.
She sits there in her kowhai tree drinking away on the nectar of the gods. She sings louder as she knows you are listening, she can’t help but show off her magnificent voice.
Attracting birds to your garden is very easy and lots of fun to do. If you have lots of logs and rocks in your garden you will certainly be attracting Lizards. loads of fun for your cats and they will sit and watch for hours. (hopefully not catch one)
Well thats my chat about gardening, get out their and find inspiration in all the colours and scents that will just leave you in bliss.
Enjoy the outdoors, find your essence in the soil and ground your body in the earth, enjoy the fruits of your labour.
I leave you with some wonderful quotes.
“Connection with gardens, even small ones, even potted plants, can become windows to the inner life. The simple act of stopping and looking at the beauty around us can be prayer.” Patricia R. Barrett, The Sacred Garden
“Your garden will reveal yourself.” Henry Mitchell
“In all things of nature there is something marvellous.” – Aristotle
“A garden is the best alternative therapy.” – Germaine Greer
“There is more pleasure in making a garden than in contemplating a paradise.” – Anne Scott James
“Without the body, the wisdom of the larger self cannot be known.” John Conger