What is your practice? 

Garden of the Mind

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I have been gardening in containers for 12 years now due to living in rental property the majority of those years. When I started, I was so “green” (pun intended) that I didn’t even know there was a term for this type of gardening.  My first few years of container gardening on my 3rd floor apartment balcony was mostly trial and error…as are many things in our early 20’s.

I finally came into my own gardening when my living space was upgraded to a concrete patio in full sun. The pots got bigger and my green thumb developed! Trial and error continued!

Last year, I became a Master Gardener and got inspired to do lots more with know-how and creativity.  I have volunteered hundreds of hours and learned hundreds of new things about gardening.  Just as yogis practice yoga, I practice gardening.  It is my zen, earth mama time.

The last ten weeks, I have been in a personal development class that has encouraged me to set short and long-term goals, define my motivators, identify key parts of my personality and has encouraged me to adopt the practice of reciting daily affirmations…in the mirror…Stuart Smalley style!  This course has encouraged me to practice these skills so that I may lead a healthier, happier life.

What is your practice?

Yogis “dedicate their practice” or “set their intention” on something specific as a guiding force to focus their breath and energy through their poses.  When I garden, I am able to focus my intention and at times I dedicate my practice when planting something meaningful like my Dad and Grandma’s favorite flowers (pansies & violas).

Setting a positive intention or dedication when doing anything in life is one step in the right direction for having a positive outcome.  When I garden in a hurry or when I’m in a bad mood, things come out differently.  When I clear my head, take my time, and focus on being intentional as I plant or prune things, they always look better in the end.

Tomorrow, my class ends in a graduation ceremony and I will present the last ten blog photos I have posted to the class and guests…so I need to finish this blog and make presentation skills my “practice” for a bit!

Live & Grow!

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Just Bee

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I haven’t posted anything in almost two weeks because I have been a little busier than usual. I guess you could say I’ve been as busy as a bee…couldn’t resist!

In the last few weeks, I have encountered situations where I have had to remind myself to:

Be kind.

Be humble.

Be generous.

Be forgiving.

I have had an easier time with some of the items above than others. At times, I have had trouble dismounting my high horse. I have wanted to be judgmental and fall into old patterns.

Recently, I was challenged to “bless” someone each week in word, deed, etc. It has been a rewarding experience so far in the times where I was setting out to be a blessing – my scheduled intentional blessing tasks of the week. It’s the times where I could have held my tongue to be a blessing, the unexpected moments where I should have been more kind, humble, generous, or forgiving – those have been harder.

Writing this blog and preparing the images for each post have been a type of therapy for me because as I ponder what words to include with each of my photographs I have to explore my heart. It’s one time in the day where my mind focuses in on one thing. As I have said here before, my mind often jumps around. For example, many of my best ideas come to me in the shower when I can’t record them. I had at least three good blog ideas tonight in the shower and now can’t remember any of them. Thankfully, I had a few written down, so I will explore those with in posts to come.