Garden MeditationWelcome to the July Mindful Mama Carnival: Mindfulness and Nature

This post was written for inclusion in the Mindful Mama Carnival hosted by Becoming Crunchy and TouchstoneZ. This month our participants have shared their experiences of mindfulness and the natural world. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.



I sit in my garden and pluck weed after weed.  There is a distinctive rhythm to it.  I break up the soil so that my seedlings can grow freely.

I meander from patch to patch – checking on the health of my vegetables and providing nourishment where needed.  Soon these same plants will provide nourishment for me and my family.

I start with gloves on, but soon set them aside.  I like the feel of soil on my fingers.  I squish the Earth between my fingers as I dig.  I feel grounded.

I like the calm afternoon and the warmth on my skin.  I know it is the same sun that is the lifesource of my plants.  I feel connected.

At long last, I leave my garden – peace in my heart.  I come inside and start my traditional meditation practice, but there is no need.  I happily bask in my relaxed state and appreciate this day on this Earth.

I believe that meditation can be in all things, but I am not often able to experience a similar peace in my daily actvities.  Try as I may, I don’t often feel meditative while washing the dishes or folding the laundry, although I do aspire to this.  For me, there are moments with my children and my garden.  From these, I emerge renewed and grateful for all that there is.

“I am part of the sun as my eye is part of me. That I am part of the earth my feet know perfectly, and my blood is part of the sea. There is not any part of me that is alone and absolute except my mind, and we shall find that the mind has no existence by itself, it is only the glitter of the sun on the surfaces of the water.”  D. H. Lawrence



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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

  • Zen and the Art of Raising Chickens Jenn at Monkey Butt Junction has found a connection to nature in her very own backyard, thanks to her chickens.
  • Healing Gemstones and Crystals for Children Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama discusses which genstones and crystals are best used by children to support physical, emotional, and/or spiritual healing.
  • A Gardener’s Meditation Andrea at Tales of Goodness shares how she finds peace and renewal through gardening.
  • Weeding My Thoughts Amanda at Let’s Take the Metro discusses how nature keeps her in the moment and stops her endless stream of thoughts.
  • Grounded in Nature Rani at OmSheSaid shares her walk in nature, and through expressive words, shares this journey to coming home.
  • Embracing the Magic of Moonlit Nights Lucy at Dreaming Aloud shares ways to embrace the magic of moonlit nights with your children and as a woman.
  • Meditation for a Mindful Mama Alinka at Baby Web guides you through her research on the science of meditation, its numerous benefits, and presents to you a life changing meditation exercise.
  • The Wild Within Naturemummy at Motherhood: My Latest Adventure reflects on the soothing qualities of wild places.
  • Nature’s Lessons in Mindfulness Tat at Mum in Search wants to bring the same mindfulness that comes so easily in nature to her relationships.
  • On Manicured Nature: We Roam in Small Spaces Featherstory at The Aniweda Dream shares her gratitude for her limited natural settings and her plans to expand her children’s experience with the natural world.
  • Garden (Time Out) Meditation Do you ever need a time out for yourself? Amy at Anktangle finds that during a difficult parenting moment, taking pause to spend a few minutes outside is just the thing she needs to be able to experience renewed patience, focus, and energy.
  • Nature Makes Me a Better Mother Terri at Child of the Nature Isle could not imagine parenting without Mother Nature.
  • The Healing Power of Sunshine Karen at Playful Planet shares her experiences of reneweal in the natural world.
  • Natural History Kenna at A Million Tiny Things gets out into nature, 200 years ago, and isn’t sure she likes it there.
  • Nurtured by Nature Darcel at The Mahogany Way shares with us how being in nature helps her feel centered and connected.
  • Mindfulness and Nature Zoie at TouchstoneZ explores the connection between mindfulness and the natural world.
  • A Sense of Awe and Wonder Kelly at Becoming Crunchy shares the feeling she never fails to get from the natural world and how it guides her to the mindfulness she craves.

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Just a small town mom trying to make the world a better place for my kids. One small change at a time.

17 Responses to A Gardener’s Meditation

  1. Tat says:

    I definitely agree that meditation can be in all things are you are so lucky to have found your thing! I’ve never been much of a gardener myself and until recently I never even wanted a garden (we live in an apartment), but I find myself wondering more and more often lately, what it would be like to have one.

  2. I completely connect with this post! Gardening is when I am most at piece in my home. There is something about the soil, the plant life, creating, and nourishing yourself from your own efforts that is so rich and spiritually fulfilling. I grew up with a father who came from a long time of Italian gardeners and I saw firsthand the love of earth and the love of tender cultivation. Beautiful post!

  3. Kelly says:

    I can feel the peace of your garden meditation just from what you’ve written here – isn’t that an amazing place? Thank you for sharing this inspiration. :)

    • Andrea says:

      Thanks Kelly. I’m glad the peace came through. I wasn’t quite sure how to get it down, so in the end I just wrote what was in my heart.

  4. I feel more relaxed just reading this too! The next time I go to my garden, I will bring some of this energy rather than the ‘chore’ energy that sometimes comes with me. Thank you for that.

  5. I too like the feel of soil on my fingers…and toes. Something deliciously child-like about getting dirty when doing adult tasks.
    May all your weeds be wildflowers!

  6. So that’s what gardening is all about! :) I center myself through meditation but I never enjoyed gardening or really understood what people liked about it but when you put it this way, it’s so much clearer to me :) Thank you for this post!

  7. I HAVE to garden with bear hands, there is something so vital about touching the soil with your fingers – I get it from painting now too, a sensual, meditative connectedness. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Amanda says:

    I’m not sure how I missed the connection (or at least haven’t been mindful of it) between the sun giving life to plants as well as myself. I love how you put me right into the garden with you. I feel like I need to go outside right now….

  9. Andrea says:

    Thanks Amanda – hope you made it outside.

  10. Rani says:

    I love this post! The feeling of grounded in the garden. Just make sense. I have a renewed vision of starting our garden….a little patch to begin with…especially since I do not consider myself a green thumb…but I do aspire to it! thanks for the inspiration!!!

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