Is Gardening the Philosophy the World Needs?

“If your have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” Cicero

Let’s think about it for a second. What is the process of gardening? What is the purpose?

The obvious answer is that we are able to grow our own food and food gives us energy. When we really look at the entire practice of gardening, it is apparent that there are several positive patterns that not only make the act of gardening enjoyable, but also can be applied to other aspects of our lives.

With gardening, there is a clear objective. By having such obvious goals, it is easier for us to concentrate on the present and be patient with the future. The desired outcome is imaginable and attainable and this makes it seem worth doing. The reward for our hard work is tangible and we are given feedback on our actions that either confirms appropriate practice or encourages adjustment.

To garden properly, we have to learn. We have to acquire the tools and knowledge we need in order to get the results we desire. There is a lot of information to absorb and it might be very difficult to grow everything. That is why we need to be selective with what we choose to grow, and where we choose to devote our energies. Much like our brains, we have to nurture and nourish our flowers or vegetables so that they can grow into their most powerful sources of energy.

There is a physical aspect to gardening that keeps us both fit and gets us outside. We connect ourselves with mother earth, and we are able to watch the beauty of nature unfolding. Aside from filling one of our basic needs of eating, we are also helping create beautiful environments that are pleasing to look at for everyone in the community. In the end, gardening promotes community and lays at the heart of our modern theories of trade.

It can be frustrating no doubt and there are many unpredictable factors that we cannot control, but we adapt to the seasons and learn to act accordingly. It can teach us to prepare for the unknown and to appreciate what we have. It also reminds us of the easiness of our modern lives, where we can just go to any supermarket and collect what we are unable to grow.

This isn’t necessarily about getting dirty in our backyards. This is about setting goals and trusting the process. This is about learning to love the process and trusting in the possible outcomes. It is about understanding where our food comes from but more importantly, the care that goes into looking after our environments.

If we can all look after ourselves a little bit like we do our gardens, the world may just become a little more rosey.

The seed has been planted. Its time to grow.

Let’s change the way we travel, together.

The Lifestyle Project