- Begin by sitting in a spot in your garden or on your patio. If you have a timer with a bell set that for anywhere from 10-40 minutes otherwise continue until you feel you are finished with the practice.
- Close your eyes and take a deep breath in. Exhale. Repeat this three times.
- With your eyes still closed or with a downward gaze take in your surroundings for a few minutes. What sounds do you hear? What smells are present? Feel the breeze where it touches your body and note what direction it is coming from, does it feel cool compared to your skin? If the sun is out, feel the sensation of the warmth.
- When you feel ready, open your eyes. Still sitting, continue to bring your attention to your surroundings. Stay seated until you feel a pull in one direction in your garden. This is where you will continue your mindful practice. Slowly, feeling the sensation of your feet on the ground as you walk, move deliberately toward your chosen spot.
- Keeping your attention focused on a small area, preferably not more than a few feet, survey the vegetation. Are there insects around? Instead of labeling them, observe their actual form and their movement. Without labeling the plants also observe their shape, color, texture. When you feel ready begin your task whatever you feel that might be; pruning, planting, weeding, anything that calls to you. When you notice your mind wandering to other things simply bring it back to the task at hand, feeling the soil or checking into your body sensations. Adjust your position if you feel pain or soreness in any area. Place a mat or towel down if needed. Be very kind to yourself as you create this intimate bond between your body and the surrounding area.
- End your practice by wishing your plants well and thanking all the elements that support their life cycle; the sun, water, soil, insects, and you.