I’ve always joked about how I’m the worst when it comes to caring for plants. Whether it’s a cactus or an orchid, I just can’t seem to keep anything alive. It’s kind of embarrassing. For a long time, I couldn’t figure out why I had such a “black thumb”, LOL.
The sad part is that I really LOVE plants. I love green leaves, bright flowers, and pretty pots. Why was I such a failure? I decided to dive deeper.
After some deep thoughts and a dose of self-honesty, I came to the conclusion that I needed to spend more time with my plants. I never took the time to actually look at them to figure out what they needed beyond water. Heck, I barely even watered them! I always considered taking care of my plants as another thing to do. I rushed through it; giving my plants the minimal amount of care to keep them going. Not only was it not working, but it was being less-than-kind to living things that deserved better.
Recently, I made a decision to make caring for my plants a part of my meditation practice. Everyday, I take a few moments of “me time” in peace and quiet to water them. Instead of viewing it as another thing to do on a long list of things to do, I make it a meditation. I take my time and look at each plant closely to see how it’s fairing. I feel the soil to determine how much water it needs. I move them around depending on the amount of sunlight they need. I even talk to them! I try not to get distracted by other things on my to-do list until I’m done.
Nowadays, I actually look forward to time with my plants. The truth is, we all have items on our to-do list that we tend to rush through in other to get to the next thing. Maybe we can think outside of the traditional “meditation box” and make our to do lists a little more nourishing. Sometimes all it takes is a little shift in perspective.
Love & Yoga,