Purposefully being aware of the now

Simply being, breathing, and observing.
Being as you are, breathing as you need, and observing what is happening.

Observing a Plant Mindful Foliage

If you've ever settled in to prune an especially important or lovely plant, then you probably know the joyously powerful sense of awareness this has brought. It can certainly be easier at times to bring your awareness to a plant than to the mindless mindfulness of deep meditation.  Today we'll be engaging three of the senses, all centered around whatever plant catches your attention. Starting with vision, one of the easiest senses to engage in nature, you'll be guided to look over every aspect of whatever is growing before you. Smell too, which floats on the wind and air that both your and the plant are sharing. Texture is just as important, to get a sense of the plant's physicality.  Please to do not breathe in or touch plants that might cause an allergic reaction or other issues. I wouldn't touch a poison ivy – but they're probably fine to look at!  This guided practice can be performed indoors or outdoors equally well. I recommend trying both if you have the time and weather to do so.  For more information on other mindfulness practices or to learn more about the green nature around us, check out my website at http://www.mindfulfoliage.com. If you just want to look at pretty pictures of plants, swing by my instagram @mindfulfoliage. For exclusive content or to support the show, find me on patreon.
  1. Observing a Plant
  2. Settling Down Outdoors to Listen
  3. A Few Breaths and a Body Scan

Mindfulness is the sort of thing you can practice almost anywhere, anytime.

Mindfulness is simply purposefully paying attention to the now. And often now there will be a spiel about how you aren’t to think about the past or the future, but let’s be honest – it’s going to happen outside of your control. When it does, acknowledge the thought – maybe you’ll think it later – and return to the present moment. It’s not quite about being mindful of the present (though that certainly helps!), it’s instead about being mindful of where you direct your attention.  

Mindfulness is certainly a practice. It’s not something to ever truly master. You will become better at it if you work at it, but your mind will always be capable of sprouting an unbidden thought. You will always have the ability to have a negative emotion, or to dislike something. As we become more mindful people, we grant ourselves a sort of step back from the situation. We can observe what’s going on, and even observe how we are responding. Then, with practice, the mind can be in a space where these observations grant us time to decide what path to follow. Mindfulness grants us a bit of space from our emotions, so that we aren’t constantly under their sway.  

Mindfulness and meditation are the start of a long journey. I hope your find your journey enlightening.

I’ve been a long-time meditator. Going through the various lockdowns and shutdowns recently has given me ample time to explore this aspect of life. Mindful gardening became quite a serious draw during those times, and has become a regular part of my daily Sadhana since. I’m certain that a multitude of people practice this form of mindfulness every day. Perhaps, wonderfully, they don’t even put a name to it. They just experience it as it is.

I have a desire to spread mindful gardening to more people that may be stuck inside for one reason or another – and other forms of nature mindfulness for those venturing outdoors. Plants are ever-changing bundles of happiness that allow us to observe all the stages of life. We can observe how the seedling breaks through the soil, and how the soil crackles when it drinks water. There’s more than enough to pay attention to.

In an effort to teach this particular flavor of mindfulness, I’ve gone ahead and started the long journey of becoming a lifelong meditation teacher. I acquired my certification after much study, and work daily to practice what I teach. Please bookmark this page or subscribe if you’d like to be updated in the future. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or send a message through the form below.