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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Taking time to smell the roses...

Recently on I went to a sustainability talk by Sophie from gardening Australia.  She talked a lot about a wide range of topics including soil health, compost, worms and grass.  But she said something that stuck with me.....


Her message was essentially this....if you are feeling stressed, take your shoes off and stand on your lawn.  People are ment to be connected to the earth.  


I have read a few articles since supporting this and talking about scientific theory's behind it.  


But you know what?  It actually works.  I don't know if it's taking the time to be conscious of nature or if there is infact some whiz bang science behind it.  But for me, spending time in my garden actually looking at it, walking through it and being connected too it, barefoot is an amazing relaxation tool.  Sounds odd but truly it helps.  

These photos are a few of the gems I found in my garden yesterday.  💚

I hope you can find some time to unwind in your garden too.  

Xx 

8 comments:

  1. Lucky duck! Sophie is one of my favourite presenters from Gardening Australia. And now my hair is growing back silver and white I am even starting to look like an older version of her! :-)

    I don't think we are meant to be so separate from nature as life today tends to force us to be. Perhaps too when one is standing on the grass there is that aspect of mindfulness that is helpful in releasing tension. As I look out the window I can see my husband standing bare foot on the grass looking pretty relaxed and chatting to our next door neighbour. But his peaceful state could have something to do with the beer he is holding!

    Your flowers look lovely. I hope you had a great day!

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    1. Its funny how our 'modern' life is all about making life easier but it really does tend to remove us from the seasons doesn't it?

      Your husband sounds to be making the most of his relaxation time and killing too birds with one stone so they say! ;)

      xx

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  2. couldn't go barefoot here would end up with feet full of prickles! also my feet have been in shoes for so long they are really tender but i do see the idea behind it & connecting back to nature is what us humans really need to do as we are so far away from it we have forgotten how to be one with it
    great post
    your flowers are lovely!

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    1. Thank you, I guess even going to a walk in a local garden or bushland and spending some time to just sit would be helpful too. :)

      I planted a few roses last season and I'm looking forward to seeing them flower. It has been a strange summer in my garden and they have not had enough sun I don't think....It has all just had a good prune and I think its all due a good feed too.

      xx

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  3. Feeling the earth under your feet is amazing the only time I wear shoes is when I leave the house. I garden, weed etc all bare foot. I remember a few weeks ago we went down south to an event & I took my shoes off as I walked around the grassed area then the rocky path to the beach. Sophie is wonderful I meet both her & Costa last year

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    1. lovely, Costa seems to be a character! I bet he was great to listen too.

      there is nothing like the sand of the beach underfoot!

      xx

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  4. Gorgeous flowers!

    I wanted to go to Sophie's open garden days, but never got the chance. Hopefully she does them again one day, I would love to pay her a visit and look over her garden. I am liking the sound of the garden that is open in Adelaide this weekend, Joe's connected garden, but unfortunately I cant get to that one either.

    Smelling the roses is something that I need to remember to do more often.

    xTania

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    1. Oh I will have to check out the details of Joe's Garden. It has been far too long since we have been to an open garden. There was a time where we did it regularly.

      xx

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