I recently read an article* about a study that was done on the health benefits of gardening. It reported the many benefits of gardening and how it creates high levels of meaningfulness, especially vegetable gardening! It also found it creates a feeling of emotional wellbeing and gardeners are just as happy doing it solo as with a buddy. I could not agree more.
I find that gardening for me is also a great form of:
- practicing mindfulness
- practicing patience
- Practicing faith
When I work in my garden, I become very present and focused on what I am doing. It calms my mind and gives me a great workout as I weed, transplant, cutback and pay close attention at my garden’s health. These are all the basic skills of mindfulness.
As the article I read states, planting veggies especially from seed is the most rewarding gardening experience. This is where patience comes into play. With vegetables, you must plant them, wait for them to come up, and nurture them with good organic materials and soil to keep them healthy, so they produce bountiful crops.
Also, there is no rushing them to grow and so it forces me to have faith in the process of nature.
As a real estate professional and avid gardener, I think that new communities and even established ones should incorporate into the home landscapes as well as common areas more opportunities for people to garden. I believe the benefits are proven and I think creating an area with some raised dirt and a trowel is cheaper to build than a new rec center or clubhouse that many times go largely unused.
I hope you enjoyed my first of a series of gardening thoughts and ideas. I like to think that I am a garden coach of sorts and would love to connect with folks to discuss gardening as well as their real estate needs. I also plan on writing more about my garden experiences moving forward and including them in our ZEN Blog.
Rey has lived in the Orlando/Central Florida area since 1989. He has been actively involved in the real estate market since 1994 successfully buying, renovating, and selling homes in the area. In today's digital world, buyers and sellers are looking for more than someone to find and or sell a home. They are looking for someone that can expertly and mindfully guide them through the process. Rey brings a strong understanding of the residential market, expert negotiating skills and a customer-first philosophy to help each customer navigate through the steps involved in making one of the most important life and investment decisions a smooth and rewarding experience for all parties involved in each real estate transaction. Rey is a graduate of The University of Florida and holds various real estate certifications and continues to make time for ongoing training to be on top of his profession. Rey also is a certified yoga instructor and brings those philosophies into his life and career. Rey’s hobbies include gardening, yoga, and travel.