If we are to change the way our lives operate, it is essential that we develop a new outlook on life. Practicing gratitude in all day-to-day activities and staying mindful of your surroundings can have an impactful effect where you least expect it.
Gratitude is a practice that can change your life. It can make you feel more connected to the world around you and what matters most in it. This practice also has benefits for your mental health, physical health, and spiritual well-being.
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- 1 Gardening as a Gratitude Exercise
- 2 Developing a Sense of Awe and Gratitude
- 3 Here’s How We Can Begin to Practice Gratitude.
- 4 What does it mean to be grateful?
- 5 A basic formula for cultivating thankfulness is as follows:
- 6 Gratitude as a Weapon Against Life’s Obstacles
- 7 Observe the results of thankfulness practice.
Gardening as a Gratitude Exercise
Thankfulness and presence are the cornerstones of a gratitude practice. Gardening is an excellent way to build physical presence.
Awe and amazement, as well as worry and anxiety, pervade our existence. We may relax our tensions and return to a spacious appreciation for everything by going outdoors.
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While watching nature do its thing and engaging in the fostering of life, many gardeners find an inexplicable joy.
Intentionally incorporating thankfulness practices into my life has proven to be really beneficial to me.
Let’s look at some ways to incorporate appreciation into our gardening routines.
Developing a Sense of Awe and Gratitude
Can we really be in wonder every time we enter our natural and beautiful paradise? The one that blows the golden blades of grass in broad fields, folding them in waves, not the ‘awwwww’ we say over lovely newborns. Yes!
It’s the awe that rustles and moans its way through the autumn leaves.
When you reach the peak of a mountain, it kisses your face. When you visit a sandy beach, it’s the first warm sun ray that wraps itself about you.
Scuba diving 80 feet below, you may hear awe… When there’s no one else around and you’re utterly alone.
When a gorgeous elk bravely strides into a peaceful, silent meadow surrounded by lofty trees, your heart trembles.
When you’re not seeking for it, it’s that waking, often fleeting sensation that takes you off guard.
You become blissfully aware of the amazing life that surrounds you, lives within you, and breathes through you all of a sudden.
It reminds me that it has never left me when I encounter it. I’d somehow forgotten that the sky was blue and that sunsets were beautiful.
But it has always existed and will continue to exist.
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Some individuals burn a candle to commemorate every breath and heartbeat that life provides them and their loved ones.
They show their gratitude for the experiences they have had by thanking something or someone outside of themselves.
But have you ever thought of incorporating thankfulness into your gardening?
Or, in fact, any outside project. Natural, ecocentric surroundings, without a doubt, instill thankfulness in us… Setting an intention, on the other hand, amplifies the impact.
This article is for you if you’ve never considered establishing this goal.
Here’s How We Can Begin to Practice Gratitude.
Spring 2021 might be the year when thankfulness takes root in your life.
Let’s spend some time thinking about ways to incorporate thankfulness into our hobbies, such as gardening and outdoor chores.
1. Plant a Symbol of Gratitude in Your Garden
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Not everyone is a fan of gratitude symbols. Some gardeners, on the other hand, like arranging their plants (or rocks in rock gardens) in symbolic patterns.
Where better to put something to serve as a daily reminder if you’re seeking to instill a feeling of thankfulness in your gardening practice?
What does it mean to be grateful?
Being outside in our gardens, yards, relaxing patios, watching sunsets, and getting our hands dirty is the meaning of thankfulness for us green thumbs.
Our spirits are filled to the full with the fragrances and views of freshly tilled soil, newly planted seeds, well-trimmed grass, and stunning landscaping projects.
When we’re in nature, our hearts are overflowing with thankfulness.
2. Memorize two quotes that you will use on a daily basis.
We shared some springtime-themed inspiring quotations earlier this week (tailored for gardeners). Try memorizing one of these and supplementing it with a gratitude-related quote.
Walk into your garden, or your favorite corner of your outdoor paradise (backyard or front), every day and say both of the quotations aloud.
Begin by saying “thank you” to something natural out loud. Extend your gratitude and revel in the happiness that arises as a result.
Here are a few thankfulness quotations to add to your gratitude practice:
- “‘Enough’ is a feast,” according to a Buddhist adage.
- “Enjoy the little things, because you never know when you’ll look back and discover they were the major ones.” Brault, Robert
- “The cornerstone for all plenty is acknowledging the wonderful that you currently have in your life.” Tolle, Eckhart
- “Let us wake and be grateful, because if we didn’t learn much today, at least we learnt something, and if we didn’t learn anything, at least we didn’t get ill, and if we did get sick, at least we didn’t die; so let us all be thankful.” Buddha
Finish your exercise by repeating “Thank you” out loud to everything outside of yourself once again.
Say it and force the words out into the world from your chest.
Thank the trees, your yard, your garden, the sky, and the whole world.
A basic formula for cultivating thankfulness is as follows:
(Say them all out loud!)
- “Thank you” to a particular location in your natural surroundings.
- Rehearse a springtime quotation that inspires you.
- Recite a grateful quote aloud.
- Finally, say a last “Thank you” to the planet.
3. Decorate Your Outdoor Space with a Gratitude Gift
Choose something for your outdoor area this Spring planting season that will eternally designate it as a place of appreciation for years to come.
Mark an area of your yard as a dedicated monument of gratitude and appreciation, whether you’re planting a seed, a tree, or making repairs.
If the planting isn’t permanent, that’s OK.
You’ll remember the occasion, and you’ll enjoy the benefits for the rest of your life.
4. Host a Gratitude Event in Your Outdoor Space This Year.
Invite a small number of people to your home, such as family, friends, or neighbors. Tell them you’re grateful for the gift of life. Show them your plants and garden, and tell them about the thankfulness practice you’ve decided to do this year.
You don’t need to make a huge deal out of it. Gratitude is a simple exercise that may be completed in under two seconds.
This is something I like to do with my kids that is a really easy thankfulness exercise.
Before we start eating, I urge them to take a minute to stop for a moment and say, “Thank you,” loudly.
We enquire about our food, such as “Where did this cheese originate from?” and respond, “The cows!” Let us express our gratitude to the cows today.” Then we imagine cows and thank them, saying, “Thank you cows.”
If you’re having a party over and don’t want to give a long speech on thanks, a similar, very basic invitation might be used before an ice tea or appetizer.
Simply thanking someone once, for a few minute, may change our lives for a few hours.
Gratitude as a Weapon Against Life’s Obstacles
May these modest actions serve as lighthouses for us, beaming rays of pleasure to our battered ships.
In the everyday grind of life, waves of worry smash against our bows, yet tears of joy also flow from our eyes.
This year, launch a counter-offensive by implementing a regular practice of thankfulness in your outdoor environment.
I’ve begun to recognize my own stubborn ways of combating the sly, everyday blindness that creeps up on me while I’m not paying attention.
I want to build activities that help me hold mystery in amazement, keep the veil from my eyes lifted, and deepen my awareness of existence on a regular basis.
While I could list countless things that make me feel alive, I’d want to leave you with a more wider perspective on the path of awareness by recommending this gardening for appreciation exercise.
Bring your concentration and attention to the physical surroundings while you garden, and bring your heart and mind to the present moment via the practice you’re doing.
“Thank you,” say aloud, for the air in your lungs and the beat of your heart in your chest.
For the emotions you felt during the day. For the emotions you’ll have throughout the practice.
They’re all there. All of the emotions.
Observe the results of thankfulness practice.
Just pay attention to what’s going on inside of you. I can’t give you any promises or absolutes, but I can relate my personal experience. I’ve discovered that cultivating a grateful attitude has a wonderful mysterious effect on me. It doesn’t always happen right away, but it always happens eventually.
- Feelings that I had previously convinced myself were positive grow and take flight. They fly to never-before-seen heights.
- The sentiments I had previously labeled as negative evolve, but not in the way I expected. I’m not sure how else to express it.
The labels of good and evil suddenly fall short of whatever emerges from them. I’m not talking about breaking down descriptions into smaller chunks. When you add that specific element, it’s more like a fresh flavor in your tongue. It’s like the first time you had gingerbread and Roquefort cheese; even if you don’t like Roquefort, the combination is so amazing that you end up liking it. (If it’s still not to your liking, add more honey.)
When a poor sensation is combined with a positive attitude, it has the potential to become even more spectacular than a good feeling on its own.
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