Have you ever seen children playing house? (Or remember doing it yourself!)
Pretending to be adults going about their everyday life. Going to work, making dinner, going shopping. They turn things that we adults often find dull and boring into play.
And they have a blast doing it!!
It turns out (and numerous studies have shown this) that imaginative play is how children develop their social, emotional, and language skills.
Play is learning.
There are reasons that so many math games, reading games, and science games exist. You and I are designed to learn more when we’re having fun!
This is why Play is the 3rd stage of Spirit Gardening.
This is what makes Spirit Gardening different than learning from a book (or even any one of my other courses!)
Instead of thinking “I want to plant tomato seeds because that’s what everyone grows in my neighborhood,” you say “what do I think would be fun to grow?”
You go get the seeds of the plants you actually want to grow, you plant them, and then you see what happens.
In this stage, you want to take the curiosity and wonder questions of stage 1. Then combine it with the ease and observations you made in stage 2. Put them together and what do you get?
You get inspired action that feels like PLAY!
What have you noticed around your garden? What questions have those observations raised for you? Listen to the little intuitive hits, the ones that seem to come out of nowhere. Trust those and try them.
Maybe you saw a toad in your garden. It sits peacefully in the corner, observing just like you. Maybe you felt a connection with that toad and think about putting in a toad house.
You have fun with it! Maybe you create a cute little toad village. Even if it takes up some of your precious gardening space.
Your little toad friend moves into his new toad abode. After a few weeks, maybe you notice more toads hanging around your garden. You might also notice those caterpillars that were leaving holes in your broccoli leaves have mysteriously disappeared.🐸🍴🐛
When you approach gardening this way you’ll find surprising things happening. Some will be good, like toads acting as a natural pest control. Some not so good like dandelions making a home in your new flower bed. But here’s the beautiful thing about approaching your garden with a playful mind…
There’s no failure in play.
When you approach your garden in a playful way it will always feel like a success! You’ll be excited to come back and learn, to experiment, and see what happens. You might even discover a new gardening breakthrough!
So if you want more inspiration to turn gardening into play….
On September 8th I’ll be answering all your questions about Spirit Gardening, live! Click the link above to register so you don’t miss out.
I’ll share even more ways you can add play and have fun in your garden.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Peace and Playfulness,
P.S. — I saw this joke and had to include it in this email for you! 😉