Shari L. Sweeney

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How to experience mindfulness by creating a balcony garden

How to experience mindfulness by creating a balcony garden

There's growth in the journey...

For the past few months, I’ve been in preparation mode to create the balcony of my dreams! Babycakey and I began this journey by sowing herb and vegetable seeds back in February and now they are ready to be transplanted into their new terracotta homes. The joy of growing our own food brings a sense of peace and renewal into our spirits like no other.

A green form of mindfulness...

Gardening can be a beautiful form of mindfulness because at that very moment, you truly are one with the earth. It’s the perfect way to take a mini hiatus from the electronic overload of our highly connected world of social media, television and massive email. During my most recent project of operation dream balcony, I stepped outside and delved into planting colorful petunias, marigolds and snapdragons to bloom beautifully on our patio railing. I left my phone inside, listened to the sounds of chirping songbirds and fully immersed myself in the moment. I purposely lost track of time and I was full of joy! This type of mindful moment is important to our well being because we all need times in life where we aren’t tethered to a schedule or our mobile phones. As I allowed time to pass, I practiced my deep breathing and took in the scent of the earth while pouring soil into my flower pots. It was a long deserved moment of bliss and when I walked back inside, I realized that I spent 2+ hours feeling like I was in another world. This small yet effective experience in mindfulness is an example of how important it is to maintain personal well being.

Have you started designing your garden? What kind of feeling do you experience when you dig your hands into the soil? Share your experience of mindfulness in the comments below!

Be Present...

Be Present...

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