Budding Opportunities: Tend the Garden of Your Mind

“What a difference a day makes.  Twenty-four little hours.”  When you give yourself time to digest life, it goes down so much easier.  I’m having a health challenge and as always I am reminded to tend to my thoughts.  How easy it is to forget that we decide which thoughts to entertain on a daily basis.  It seems that they just show up sometimes as uninvited guests and we can’t do anything about that.  WRONG!  We must tend our thoughts as carefully as we tend our gardens.  What gets planted will grow.  If you plant watermelon seeds, you won’t get apples.  Seems kind of obvious, but many times we find ourselves entertaining thoughts of despair about our health and then wonder why things seem to be getting worse.

Yes, we have to be realistic and face whatever presents itself.  Once we’ve acknowledged it, then we decide how to think about it.  If the automatic response is panic, doom and gloom, then we find ourselves in the negative death spiral to hell.  The negative thoughts come pouring in and start to overwhelm the system.

However, there is another way to tend the garden of your mind.  Face reality.  What is actually happening?  Much of it will exist only in the mind.  Then adopt a perspective that leaves you options.  It’s amazing how just having a choice can lift your spirits and raise your energy to see the possibilities in life.  It’s very easy to decide that everything is falling apart.  But what if it isn’t?  What if you can make a different choice?  What if you can see things from a different perspective, one that has you winning for a change?  Or at least gives you a fighting chance?

The way this life works is we have dark clouds and rain, then we get sunshine and flowers.  Neither is good or bad.  It simply is.  The thought seeds we’ve planted determine what sprouts in the fertile soil of our minds.  If we welcome the clouds and rain, we have a perspective that this will bring juicy watermelons.  If we welcome the sunshine, we enjoy a walk in the park or wandering in our garden picking the sweet fruit.  What we harvest is what was planted.

If we are planting negative thought seeds, the harvest will be disappointing at best.  What we will have to eat will only irritate the system and make life stressful, dark and cloudy like the sky on a rainy day.  Plant seeds that empower you.  Plant seeds that give you options.  Plant seeds that feed and nourish your soul.

The dark clouds always part and then there is sun.  “What a difference a day makes.  Twenty-four little hours.  You’ve got the sun and the flowers where there used to be rain.  What a difference a day makes.  And the difference is you!”

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Be Active in Your Food Choices

Staying active for life may be a real challenge for you now.  Look at it this way.  You can make the effort to live an active lifestyle or pay the price in decreased health, faster aging, more doctor visits, more aches and pain.  You decide.  It’s that easy.

One way to lead a more active lifestyle and also make better food choices would be to grow some of your food.  Along with this you can make the move to prepare more fresh meals.  Actually start looking at your food choices as a way to get some physical activity.  Gardening is a great way to stay active.  It requires doing deep squats, dead lifts, bicep curls, hoeing, raking and excessive stretching, pulling and walking. 🙂

But you say, I don’t have enough room for a garden.  I live in a condo or apartment.  Ah yes.  You can still grow food.  Start a container garden on your patio consisting of one large planter or just several large pots.  What?  No space on the patio or you don’t have one.  Try a large window or the kitchen counter to display small pots of herbs, tomatoes, cucumber, salad greens, you name it.  When you think outside the box, there’s always a way to find space for a beautiful little garden.

Living with plants has many benefits for your health beside just eating them.  Plants help support more oxygen in the environment and can help with your internal air quality.  They are beautiful and feed the soul as well as the body, lifting your spirits on gloomy days.

Another benefit of growing some of your food is the joy of preparing fresh meals for yourself and your family.  When you have a garden, you can’t wait to get in the kitchen and prepare what you’ve grown with your own hands.  There is a natural sense of pride and excitement about sharing your bounty with family and friends.  The food taste so delicious because it’s fresh and because you planted it and grew it with love.

Getting up to work in the kitchen is so much better than going out or ordering take out.  You know exactly what’s in the food and once again, you get the opportunity to do a few more bicep curls and squats.  To really keep it interesting, buy some cast iron pots so you get that simulated kettle bell work out as well.

And as always, if there just is no way to have your own garden, volunteer in a community garden.  Most volunteers help with the planting and harvest and get to keep some of the food.  So be active with your food choices and stay active for life.  If you found this helpful and interesting, please like it and share it with your friends.  Visit me at JaniceWoody.com and see how I help people everyday with wellness and graceful aging.

Here’s to your Lifetime Health!

VOLUNTEER in the Garden

Volunteer in a garden near you. Working in a garden gives you an awareness of your connection to Mother Earth and how she blesses you with life. Preparing the ground, planting, tending and harvesting the crop shows you the amazing power of this blessing. Mother Earth feeds and clothes us in amazing fashion. It is especially critical that we share this experience with our children. It’s crucial to the survival of our species. So many of our children here in the US don’t understand how food is created. They have spent most of their young lives in the backseat going through the drive thru at McDonald’s and Burger King. They’ve eaten Frankenfood their entire lives and don’t know the amazing joy of biting into a sweet juicy peach you just picked off the tree. Being in the garden makes you mindful and aware of your place on this earth and in the broader Universe.

When we work in the garden we give our energy to the plants and they in turn bless us with life giving energy. Giving is such powerful energy and not only blesses but heals you as well. There is a garden near you that is calling out for your time, love and attention. Even if you have a garden of your own, give time to a community garden or a neighbor who could use your help. See if you don’t experience a huge blessing from this.

This is an example of how powerful giving to a garden can be for all of us.

Hello Friends and City Folks.

We’ve had a spectacular participation seriously playing in The Pioneer Settlement Garden this fall.

We have 49 folks on my Garden list I email as “members” and most come out at least once per month.

Some of the highlights include:

* I gave tours to 60, 3-4 year old kids from Shorecrest School.
* I became the Garden Manger for The Edible Peace Patch Project non profit in August.
* We had about 15 Eckerd College students volunteering as part of the Edible Peace Patch learning experiences.
* Several of the Eckerd College students and I gave over 100 mini tours at two “Harvest”event goers presented by the Pioneer Settlement/City Parks.
* We’ve gained almost 25 new volunteers to our Garden
* We have donated to date the following vegetables (despite a pernicious fungus spoiling 30% of our greens due to hot weather) : 617lbs to St. Vincents dePaul. Sold almost 297lbs Given to volunteers 361lbs
* I have been nominated as “Hero of the Tampa Bay Community” for my community work over the years as presented by The Tampa Bay Lightning. The winner receiving $50,000.00 to be donated to the non profit of his/her choice. I feel incredibly honored for this award nomination!

We have many tours ahead at The Garden including giving 40 youths on MLKing Jr. Day a work/tour/education Day at Pioneer Garden.

I look forward to seeing you all each Sunday we get together. Once again I APPRECIATE the City allowing us to do this SERIOUS fun work at Boyd Hill Preserve/Park.

Onward to spread this message of great health and community!

And, most importantly,

Peace,

Ray, “Mr. Greens”

Doesn’t that just inspire you to get involved and give an hour or two every month to this great effort? I’m sure there’s a garden near you that would love to have your presence. Get out there and give it your amazing energy!

Here’s to your Lifetime Health!

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Me at Pioneer Settlement Garden