How To Listen To Your Garden
Gardening in itself is a spiritual practice.
Yes you can get fit bending over pulling weeds and digging holes and yes you can get a really nice tan, but it is so much more than that if you allow yourself to open up and connect with nature.
Ancestrally we grew up intimately intertwined with our natural surroundings. We paused and reflected in nature when the moment called for it or sprung into action with new plantings when the earth was ripe. This change of the seasons is almost like a breath of our planet and its importance is not insignificant. The seasons are an important reminder to us to try notice and embrace these seasonal changes within our selves.
Gardening With Natures SpiritIt is easy to get caught up in our human minds that want to control or environment and create form and structure that makes sense to us. What I am proposing instead is to follow the lead of the nature spirits. This planet was not created for us. We were created within in. We are a child in a sense of this planet. We came into form thanks to our planet. This is why our nature is so intertwined with our planet– we have just forgotten. The access to communicating with nature is not just reserved for the woo-woo or spiritually inclined but is available for every living soul. Sometimes, it just take a bit of practice and patience.
At this time in our history we are entering a more awakened period where more individuals are looking at growing their own food and harnessing the energy of the earth through herbalism and crystals. I am excited to see this becoming mainstream but I hope it is not just in vain. There is still a much deeper amount of knowledge our environment holds for us to understand and unfortunately our time is running out if we do not make a massive universal shift soon.
First Step To Communicating With Nature
Here I wish to share with you an introduction to communicating with nature in your environment. Whether you have a sunny window for some plants, a large plot of land or urban garden, this skills will serve you.
When I enter the garden I am not looking at forcing my will upon the land, but instead looking to work in harmony with it. It is a much more thoughtful and often slower approach. Think of it as a meditation. When I step outside to tend to my plot, it is almost like a surrendering. For this to happen, I need to stop, pause and listen to the messages I am taking in. Are the plants looking happy with each other? Are they receiving the nutrients and conditions that they need to thrive? Would this plant thrive better under different conditions? What do the birds and squirrels need from this garden to satiate them before they get to our harvest?
We need to look at each element we introduce into the environment and consider it’s impacts not just on our eye but also the larger scheme of things such as other plants, insects, water and animals. Each move we make on the earth as we are starting to see more and more has an impacts on a much larger scale than we can really even fathom. Our tree roots speak to one another, exchanging nutrients and information, insects scurry around breaking down matter into important nutrients and keep other insect populations in check. Even the squirrels, mice and birds all play a role in keeping our gardens in harmony. If we neglect this information what you will have is a garden out of harmony. Don’t be out of harmony…
Before beginning a new garden, sit in the space and connect to the ground. This can look like sitting cross legged on the earth or standing with your shoes off. Heck, lay down on that ground with your whole body if you can! The point is to be in physical contact with the earth. While you are here, close your eyes and work on calming the mind. Take a few minutes of calming breath. Communicate with the earth what your intentions are. For me it looks like this, “My intentions for my garden this year is to harvest an abundance of food and healing plants for my family of four in a way that is inharmony with our natural environment. It should be esthetically pleasing so that others will be inspired to include more edible foods in their landscape. I have a limited budget for this creation and seek to re-use materials we already have and grow as much from seed as I can.”
Ask nature to assist you in your project. One of the first components you can ask nature to support you in is designing the layout of your garden if one does not already exist. Focus on the shape and size of your garden. Walk around in a relaxed state and listen to what your intuition is telling you. You may feel silly, but don’t let that hold you back. What you are doing is actually very natural.
Sometimes the intuition or thoughts you get may come across as something that feels like more than just merely a suggestion, it may even feel a bit ludicrous. Why not have a winding, circular or organic shaped garden bed? It does not have to be basic rectangular beds. Lean in and see what comes to you.
There are many ways to test your answers you are getting from nature by using a form of kinesiology or pendulum. A great resource for using kinesiology in the garden is the well respected Perelandra Garden Workbook. This is a fantastic resource to help you in knowing how to ask questions of nature and ways to interpret their answers. After much practice I can often ask certain questions without the use of these techniques and instead use them to make sure I am on track. For years I have used a pendulum but it’s not always convenient, especially if you are trying to be discreet!
This is just the begging of you connecting more with nature. Try to spend time each day outside and sit still to listen to what it is telling you. Watch as the first crocuses and hyacinths peak up from the partially frozen earth signifying spring. Think on the new projects that have been bubbling up beneath within you and prepare to spring forward into action just as these early bulbs are doing. With patience and intention you will be communicating more with nature and mirroring back its lessons inside of yourself.
Peace. Love & Garden on <3