Posted on Jun 28, 2023

Life can sometimes feel like a whirlwind of chaos and stress, leaving us yearning for a moment of tranquility and inner peace. What if I told you that there is an option to help you find solace and restore your mental well-being that can be found right in your own home (or windowsill)? Enter the world of plant care, where tending to plants becomes a mindful practice that brings joy, serenity, and a touch of beginner’s mind into your life. 

In this article, I'll explore the wonderful benefits of nurturing plants, share practical tips for incorporating plant care into your daily routine, and show you how your relationship with plants can enhance your personal development journey. So grab your gardening gloves and let's dig in!  And if you want to start your own house plant collection, you can use this link to get a discount on your first one at one of my favorite plant resources, Peace, Love, and Happiness Club

A word of warning 😉: plants have a way of multiplying in your home.  It starts with one and soon you have filled all the sun-filled spots in your home.  Ask Les; he will tell you all about how this has happened in our home over the years.  He has even built me a table or two to hold my plants.

The Therapeutic Power of Plant Care:

Have you ever noticed how spending time with nature instantly calms your mind and lifts your spirits? Well, that's because nature has a way of working its magic on us. The same applies to plants. Engaging in plant care and gardening offers a therapeutic experience that can significantly improve your mood and mental health. There is plenty of research available that shows nurturing plants and spending time in nature reduces stress, anxiety, and depression, while also increasing feelings of happiness and overall life satisfaction. It's like having your own personal sanctuary of green therapy right at home.

Cultivating Mindfulness through Plant Care:

Taking care of your beautiful plants is more than just digging in the soil and watching plants grow. It's an opportunity to cultivate mindfulness and be fully present in the moment. As you water your plants and tend to their needs, you engage all your senses and become attuned to the rhythms of nature. The act of care becomes a meditation in motion, allowing you to let go of worries and distractions and immerse yourself in the present moment.

You can become fully present in the moment, attuned to the needs of your plants and the environment around you. You notice the subtle changes in foliage, the dance of sunlight through the leaves, and the soothing sound of water trickling into the soil. I can’t tell you how many mornings a sense of joy washes over me as I sit in my bed, enjoying my coffee, and gaze at the morning light shining on the leaves of the plant.  

Each interaction becomes an opportunity to connect with nature and yourself, grounding yourself in the present moment and fostering a deep sense of peace.  Cultivate mindfulness through the act of caring, and watch as the world of plants becomes a gateway to inner peace and well-being.

One of the beautiful aspects of gardening is that it aligns with the concept of "what you focus on expands." As you pour your energy and attention into nurturing your plants, you not only witness their growth but also cultivate a positive mindset within yourself. The act of caring for something living reminds you of the interconnectedness of all life and the importance of nurturing yourself along the way.

Embracing the Beginner's Mind: Rediscovering Wonder in Plant Care

One of the core principles of mindfulness is adopting a "beginner's mind" — approaching each moment with a fresh, open, and non-judgmental attitude. This concept invites us to let go of preconceived notions and assumptions, allowing us to experience things as if for the first time. And what better way to embrace the beginner's mind than through the art of plant care?

You may have read my previous article about cultivating a beginner's mind, or have taken part in the free Foundations of Meditation Course that discusses this philosophy, and it can be applied to plant care as well.  

The concept of a beginner's mind is explained well in this article from

"Experts are full of what they believe is knowledge. Their minds being full, they cannot learn more. Beginners know how much they do not know and their minds being empty (having room to take in new information), they can learn. Beginners see many possibilities. Experts see few."

When you approach plant care with a beginner's mind, you let go of any preconceived ideas about the activity or your own abilities. You become open to the possibility of learning something new with each interaction. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the vast world of plants, you can step into it with curiosity and wonder, just like a child exploring nature's playground.

Imagine observing the growth of a plant with the same sense of awe and amazement as if you were seeing it for the first time. Every unfurling leaf, every delicate blossom becomes a source of wonder and joy. Instead of being consumed by the end result or worried about making mistakes, you can focus on the process itself — the act of nurturing and tending to these living beings.

The beginner's mind philosophy teaches you to let go of the need for perfection and embrace the beauty of imperfection. You can accept that plants, like us, have their own unique journeys and challenges. On your journey of plant care, with a beginner's mind, you can learn to appreciate the little victories and find joy in the simple act of caring for them and caring for yourself in doing so. You cultivate patience and resilience as you navigate the ups and downs of plant care, knowing that growth takes time and that setbacks are part of the journey.

So, as you embark on your plant care journey, remember the power of the beginner's mind. Embrace each interaction with your plants as an opportunity for growth, both for them and for yourself. Allow curiosity and wonder to guide you, and let go of expectations. 

If you want to connect on a deeper level with the lessons of plants, the earth, and nature in general, give this recent meditation a try: 

Practical Tips for Incorporating Plant Care into Your Routine

After reading about the benefits of plant care and gardening, you may be ready to embark on your green therapy journey. I am in no way an expert on this topic, but I will share some of my experiences.  Here are some practical tips to help you incorporate plant care and gardening into your daily routine:

  • Start small: Begin with a few low-maintenance house plants that are easy to care for.  Many experts suggest some of the easiest plants to start with are succulents, but I’ve had a different experience. I have had the most success with Pothos as an new plant mama.  They are low-maintenance, grow in a variety of light conditions, and propagate easily to give you more plants.  As you gain confidence and experience, you can gradually expand your collection.  It is a learning journey and many of my first house plants didn’t survive the start of that journey for me.
  • Create a nurturing environment: Choose a spot that receives adequate sunlight and soil that has good drainage. Ensure your plants have the suitable soil, water, and temperature conditions to thrive.  Do a little research on the care requirements of your plant type.
  • Engage your senses: Take the time to observe, touch, and experience your plants fully. Notice the different textures, colors, and scents. One of my favorite parts of being a plant mama is seeing a new leaf or flower emerge. It is truly fulfilling. This engaging experience deepens the connection between you and your plants.
  • Establish a routine: Set aside dedicated time each day or week to tend to your plants. It can be as short as 10 minutes or as long as you desire. This quiet and mindful time can be a source of stress relief and introspection. 
  • Embrace imperfections: Remember that house plant care is a learning process, and mistakes happen. Embrace the imperfections, laugh at the occasional mishaps, and learn from them. It's all part of the journey.  There is no need to take yourself so seriously in this experience.

Embrace Learning: Taking Your Plant Care Journey to the Next Level

As you delve into the world of plant care, you may find yourself craving more knowledge, guidance, and a supportive community to share your experiences with. I recommend checking out the Peace, Love, and Happiness Club Blog as a robust resource to help you learn as you go.

Plant care can be more than just a hobby; it can be a gateways to mindfulness, inner peace, and improved mental health. By nurturing plants and immersing yourself in the wonders of nature, you can find solace, joy, and a renewed sense of well-being. So, grab your watering can, embrace the therapeutic power of green therapy, and let the beauty of plant care transform your life one leaf at a time. And remember, Les and I at The Mindful Movement are here to support and inspire you every step of the way on this delightful plant parenting adventure. Happy gardening!