I’ve always been a big fan of hypnotic gardening. Another way of saying it is, “gardening is hypnotic.” It maybe the farm boy that comes out in me, but I love plants and I love to garden. One of my bucket list goals is to become a Master Gardener.
40 years ago in Minnesota, my vegetable garden measured 30′ by 50′. It was filled with tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, corn, asparagus, beans, peas and every kind of squash I could find. (The neighbors hid when they saw me with my bags of zucchini.)
On Maui I had a tropical garden filled with fruit and flowers. And, on Bainbridge, my yard was rhododendrons, azaleas, echinacea and and anything else I could grow with limited sunlight.
And now in Palm Desert, I get to learn about desert gardening. Until now, I’ve never had a yard of cactus.
I’ve always had houseplants. Many of you remember my Bainbridge office when it had 22 Christmas cactus, a ficus, Norfolk pine and a few other plants mixed in.
To me, tending to plants is hypnotic. Nurturing plants is true mindfulness. I love this quote from the article included in this post,“We don’t know where it’s going to end, but I feel like this work plants seeds within the students’ minds of what’s possible right on their own campus.”
I encourage you to get a plant a garden (big or small – maybe just a tomato in a pot) or find the perfect houseplant for you. Be mindful. Nurture it and plant seeds in your mind of what’s possible in your own life.
To the right are a few of the thousands of photos I have from my Bainbridge Island yard.
Let’s plant seeds for what’s possible
Imagine my excitement when a good friend and colleague shared this article with me about garden-based learning. I love driving by schools and seeing garden beds. How awesome is that!
I don’t know if the schools in Palm Desert have gardens or not, but I will check that out. If they do, I’ll see what volunteer opportunities they may have. I’d love to learn from those kids.
“When we thoughtfully create spaces for educators to connect students to natural history on their campus, we’re fostering stewardship and a curiosity about life science and the natural world.”
“Research has shown that the gardens are tied to a number of benefits, including higher science grades and better eating habits.”
“But when students successfully grow a plant, learn how to compost or take certain measurements out in the field, it strengthens their sense of autonomy and science identity.”
Your Hypnosis Health Info Hypnotic Suggestion for today:
I plant seeds for what’s possible in my life.
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