Everyone wants to know the secret to getting into the present moment.
Time slips away unnoticed if we let it, caught up in a busy, overthinking mind.
Whereby when we live a mindful life, we are truly here, living in the now.
Enjoying the moment. Improving the overall quality of our life.
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Plants for Mindful Living
Plants have had a profound impact on my own well-being.
I love being in my garden so much and dearly miss it when travelling.
This post shares how plants can help us live mindfully to experience more from our days with a calmer, relaxed, present outlook.
Time in Nature
Spending time in nature is one of the best ways to calm a frantic mind.
As one of my favourite all-time mindfulness practices – gardening is really up there.
Right now, while writing this post, I’m living in an apartment with a beautiful orchid keeping me company on the dining table while my little one naps.
There’s something truly magical about plants and the positive impact they have on our stress levels.
Perhaps it’s how the new leaves develop even during the toughest of times?
Giving us an anchor to base our resilience on?
Or maybe, it’s the colours, stunning in every way! Brightening our living spaces and gardens?
A great plant does excellent things for our mental wellbeing too.
I feel my worries slip away when I’m gardening, immersing myself in the feeling of the soil on my fingertips, enjoying the earthy smells with the sun beating down on my shoulders.
And it’s not just me either.
Multiple studies show how gardening can improve our mood and boost our health and wellbeing.
One of the most life-enhancing things about gardening is how it can’t be rushed or forced.
A plant takes the time it needs to flourish and grow, and us humans need reminding of that I feel.
Too often, we’re hard on ourselves, pushing against the grain, expecting new growth as it were, when perhaps the old growth hasn’t finished yet?
Plants remind us to take things at a slower pace.To enjoy the rhythm of life and to not rush things.
That everything has an incubation period.
Every living thing takes time and careful attention and nothing happens instantly (apart from, unfortunately, social media – but that’s a topic for another day)
Plants are not so different to us when you really think about it.
I was delighted recently to come across Dutch Grown, a family-run bulb growing business – one of the oldest and most highly respected in the Netherlands.
They grow directly from their farm in Holland and ship to the UK and Europe.
But why bulbs in particular when it comes to mindfulness, you may ask?
The mindfulness is in the choosing of bulbs – and then the planting, the watering, and the pruning.
You can do all these activities with your full attention – aka being mindful.
Bulbs require the entire cycle from start to finish – much like it can be when we first start a mindfulness practice.
And don’t forget that bulbs can be indoor plants too if given the right conditions to grow in – a sunny windowsill, water and good soil/compost.
Here’s to more gardening, less stress, bright flowers and a relaxing space.
Learning to be Mindful
I recommend reading this post next to learn more about being mindful.
It covers extensive mindfulness practices, which can be done anytime, anywhere, bringing you back to the present moment.
Remember to check out Dutch Grown here & order your bulbs.
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