Gardening is beautifully suited to be a mindful activity.
When you are present in the garden, there are so many sensory experiences to intentionally connect with – pause and scan the environment.
Visually, what do you see when you look in your garden? You will see plants growing – at various stages of growth, different colors, producing fruits at different times in the season. You may see other living beings in the garden – worms, birds, insects – who are making their way in the world.
Your hands may touch the plants, with smooth, rough, or fuzzy surfaces. You may plunge your hands into the rich, cool earth. Perhaps it just rained and you feel the dampness on your hands and clothes. On a warm day, you may feel the sweat on your brow or other parts of your body.
You may smell different things – the growing things, the pungent earth, compost that is "cooking."
This relationship to land and growing things increases our gratitude for the food we eat and the wonder of the life we're living.