G is for Gardening and Growing: mindfulness in nature

The repetitive manual labour of tending to your garden keeps the mind focused on the present, in turn improving wellbeing

 

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The simple process of tilling soil, creating fertile beds for flowers and vegetables, is deeply satisfying.

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The repetitive manual labour keeps the mind focused on the present – and also frees it to be creative or to work out problems against a backdrop of rhythmic weeding and digging.

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G is for Gardening ©Lynn Hatzius

The magic of planting seeds and nurturing them as they sprout and grow can result in a huge sense of achievement, even if some are lost to pests or drought.

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Concentrate on what is in front of you; the beauty of the flowers and the process of planting ©Getty

Few things generate a greater sense of wellbeing than sitting beside your own productive veg patch or cottage garden in high summer.

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The advantages are two-fold: improved wellbeing and a productive, colourful garden ©Getty

Get started by learning how to grow your own cut flowers.

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