Many people complain–“I don’t have a green thumb. I can’t get anything to grow.” The charm and magic of a green thumb is cooperating with the intelligence in plants. Half is knowledge or information about the needs and cycles of plants. The other half is love. You can find information about your particular plants￼. I will address the heart issues here.
Most people who find they have a green thumb love their gardening, and most of them talk to the plants. They may not admit it until they are 90 years old, have dementia and don’t care what anyone thinks of them. But don’t let that stop you!
You don’t need to talk out loud to your plants. Especially if you garden in an urban setting, or have nosy neighbors. You can speak softly, or even silently. Plants don’t hear the spoken word so much as the language of the heart.
I am not referring to glamorous love. Rather, to the real love that is needed to open up a two-way communication with anyone. This is just as valuable ￼with the plant world. Plants can tell when you mean it.
One example is Marion who kept thinking she needed to go home to her deceased parents and husband. She was a lifelong gardener, really loved plants, especially vegetables, but didn’t like to talk about the mushy stuff, and had a great sense of humor. She transplanted lettuce starts or tomatoes, and then said “Grow, damn you!” in a commanding voice. They sometimes grew better than plants I encouraged more gently. They were listening to Marion’s lifelong love.
Love from the Heart, Meditation Exercises
Many people find they feel more peaceful in the garden. Some find it calms their stresses, a form of active meditation. Talking with your garden is no different.
We can communicate more easily with our gardens when we use our hearts. Our hearts send our electromagnetic signals just like our brain waves. When our hearts and brains are in coherence, we feel better and our health improves. Below is an exercise similar to one from the HeartMath Institute.
To help develop your green thumb, focus on what you love about your garden. Feel your heart expanding with appreciation. Visualize or notice the beautiful flowers or bulbs, the seedlings that you anticipate will become a head of lettuce, summer squash, tomatoes, onions or radishes. Or your busy compost heap, full of enthusiastic little red wigglers or earthworms, ready to transform your soil to healthy humus. Feel your heart open. Let go of all fears, release all thoughts just for the moment, and go into silence. Feel the love.
When you love something or someone, it is easier to get that heart-brain coherence to open up communication. Notice how fast your green thumb sprouts up next.
The author has been gardening on Findhorn and Theosophical principles since 1977, and using Perelandra principles since 2000. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. To schedule a class or bodywork session, https://integrationmassagescheduling.as.me/garden-nature