We talk a lot about mindfulness on our platform, and in short the definition of mindfulness is living in the present moment. When a gardener practices this process, it helps him/her to focus more on their flowers instead of their weeds. When you are living in the moment and focusing on being present, you can not anticipate about things that will happen in the future or ponder over what has happened in the past. To put it simply the more a gardener practices mindfulness the more their gardens will grow healthy and strong...more flowers and seeds and less weeds!
But, sometimes it’s hard to slow down and focus on the present moment. That’s why we love this “in the moment” exercise for gardeners of any age. This simple activity can be done anytime anywhere to help induce mindfulness and inner peace. The 5,4,3,2,1 method can be very helpful if a child is feeling stressed or unfocused, and it only takes a couple of minutes. Scroll all the way down to watch Gardener Shanna's video on how this exercise works.
5 THINGS YOU SEE-Take a look at your surroundings and take note of 5 things you see and what they make you think about.
4 THINGS YOU FEEL-Walk around and touch 4 different objects. Pay attention to how they feel in your hand and the words that come to mind.
3 THINGS YOU HEAR-Close your eyes and listen for 3 different sounds and what those noises make you think about.
2 THINGS YOU SMELL-Find 2 things in your surroundings to breathe in smell. Pay close attention to breathing in and out.
1 THING YOU TASTE-Put something (safe/edible) in your mouth and focus on what the flavor/taste is.
PRESS PLAY TO WATCH GARDENER SHANNA'S VIDEO ON THE 5,4,3,2,1 EXERCISE
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