Hello my dear readers, followers and fellow bloggers! I am very excited to share that we are coming up with e-newsletter starting 3rd June 2021. After creating two gardening courses, writing two ebooks and several blog posts, this newsletter is something totally different and I love it! I am sure you’ll love it too!!
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The word “season” probably was inspired by the vastness and expected mysteries that accompany the huge matter that is the sea. For, a season is nothing but recurring time. And seasons are nothing but yesterday’s steps of nature, no? The same seasons that make our surrounding lush green go to browns and yellows and back to green again. The changes that happen in nature are probably as vast as the sea is, and the minute yet exact changes that happen at the right season, that vary with even slight geographical changes is incredible! Nature has always been so inspiring and seasons are just a natural part that happens in nature; naturally.
One of the biggest drawbacks in current times is that when we say Minimalism nobody looks beyond decluttering.. Minimalism is lot more than decluttering or the number of items you own.. To begin with, Minimalism is understanding that we need very little to survive and everything beyond that is a “choice” which you have to make for yourself! It applies equally to tangible and intangible things!
It is about how we identify ourselves (or if I may say, how we search for ourselves, our self-worth, our self-identity in the things we own).
And in this process of understanding what things mean to you… You discover what truly matters.. What makes you happy on a deeper level… And this journey of self-discovery is what Minimalism is all about!
Minimalism is often construed as such a rigorous practice with owning so little… And denying yourself the pleasure of indulgence… And that’s not the case… The only reason you feel that way is because it has been imposed as a concept on you… And nothing that has been imposed is going to last long.. Even if it’s a good thing… That is where gardening comes into picture…
When you observe plants (everyday.. day after day) take in so little and give so much, you realize that we need very little for survival… And everything else is a choice… Now that you have acknowledged the power of choice..
There are only two things that can happen – you turn towards minimalism, conscious consumerism and sustainable lifestyle…. Or you continue with your current lifestyle and develop an immense sense of gratitude for all the luxuries you enjoy.. Both of which, is the most profound impact plants & Gardening can have on your life and lifestyle!
There are different types of ideas that pop up in our minds when we think of “Summer”.
Those who live in the western or northern countries where it snows, summer is a welcome change from all the snow and means time for daisies, lilies, petunias and peonies and lots of sunshine! In tropical countries like India (where I’m from), the idea of summer comes with a different set of thoughts and problems
Our Reema’s Garden office last year was on the top floor with hardly any trees along the majority of the vicinity. Most of us are not new to the concept of power cuts coupled with lack of water. So Summers especially were pretty tougher than the other seasons
I wasn’t new to the concept of Indoor Gardening but because especially in India, the idea was somehow not too common, I had a slight reluctance when it came to getting my first set of Indoor Plants, yet once they were in my office, I knew the reluctance was for nothing. One thing that changed almost overnight is that my office felt cooler, literally and metaphorically.
The hottest room in our office was bearable to be in even with an electricity cut and the amount of water majority of them needed was also manageable. It’s been a year since I found out how much I needed these little plants in my indoors and I am so glad to have something to beat the heat from the very start this year!
When we think about gardening, one of the first things we think about are the flowers, foliage, or perhaps the plant has a unique looking feature. The one thing we don’t think about but is perhaps one of the most important things, is the soil.
You all know what soil is… It is the skin of the earth and the reason it is one of the most important things is because it is capable of supporting plant life and is vital to life on earth. Gandhiji once said, “Land is not merely soil, it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants and animals” Soil is not just something that is sitting there though. It helps me in so many more ways than the usual ones, one of my earliest memories is the smell of soil after rain. The smell gives me a sense of peace and tranquility.
As a child, I used to love to play in mud and soil while my mum gardened. It was the most important thing to me than to play with soil, feeling the different textures of soil with different amounts of water in it. Writing this, I know what I am definitely going to do today after finishing all my work. So, in short, though soil is one of the most complex things, in a way it is the simplest and gives us some unadulterated experiences.
Satisfaction is a feeling of content, of being happy and fulfilled. What better example do we have to know satisfaction than from the greens we have at home??
The efforts you put in, all the planning that you do, some of which works well while some doesn’t… The patience while you see the slow and steady growth, and the beautiful moment when you realize that the whole process in itself is the fruit is what these little greens do to you.
For me, I learn from my plants sometimes unknowingly and so many times, I know the contentment and happiness that is waiting on the other side of the efforts is what satisfaction is for me.
That day was a busy Sunday. After the whole week of completing targets, socializing a little in the evenings and then for some for work, having an off day with a long to-do-list, I knew I had little chance of getting any peaceful moments in the foreseeable future! It took me a few hours to finish all the work, but the summer heat, the busy streets, pollution and lots of noises exhausted me. When the thoughts of next Monday morning started to creep, I was ready to weep where I was.
Still, thoughts of home started making me feel fresh. It was almost late afternoon when I reached home. The quiet was nice, and being a tea lover, I still decided to make myself some nice, cool lemonade today. I quickly realised how thirsty my plants were looking and after hitting my favourite playlist, with a lemonade in one hand, watering plants side-by-side, swaying to the soft evening breeze, I realised what jackpot I hit the moment I decided to have a garden. Just a few minutes of reading a book in the wet mud smell, little bit of stretching around my garden and another lemonade, that is what peace was, right in that very moment.
Mental health is something we are all struggling to balance at some or the other point in our lives. Our hectic lives, changing lifestyles, changing goals and dreams are something we are new to dealing with on this large scale. Above that, when we see glorified glam lives portraited to us on social media, we keep comparing everything with what we are.
Studies have showed that having plants near you have a calming effect on us. Forget what papers say, I can say this so confidently because I have experienced it. They are friends who don’t judge you for whatever your strengths or weaknesses are.
The garden you may decide to have in your home or office can be personalized by you, according to your personality. They show great strengths and the beauty of life. They are eye pleasing and healthy to have around. For me and many like me, gardening is therapeutic. Gardening is not a solution if you are going through any problem, it is a lifestyle. A healthier lifestyle.
If you or anyone you know is suffering from any mental problems, I’d like to urge you to open up and ask for help. You are beautiful and worthy, more power to you!
If gardening is a hobby for you, you know how much of an awesome hobby it is. You always have new things to learn from it and an unlimited inspiration. If you have some plants just because you like to have them around, they make you feel refreshing or just for the gram photos, even then you can see some benefits of having plants while following your interests and hobbies.
You can have physical activities as your hobbies; like running or walking. You can walk around urban-scapes but the walks and runs around gardens or greenscapes is something else, is so energizing! If your hobbies are something like drawing, painting, dancing, singing or playing an instrument or anything creative, you can get more creative by being around plants.
And once you have a few plants and know the basic dos and don’ts, and you see how a positive environment you can create, you can slowly feel like developing another hobby, my favorite one; gardening.