The Magical Time-Warp of Gardening

Today, I wanted to get stuff done, but was not feeling very motivated.

So I went outside. I puttered a little in the garden–it felt like hours had passed in a sort of fresh-air and dirty-nails idyll.

When I got back inside I was surprised, yet again, by the fact that only 45 minutes had passed. I’m pretty sure that gardening is the fountain of youth partly because your life FEELS longer.

It’s felt a lot like spring in Oklahoma for several months now. I have a shipment of starts arriving tomorrow (CHRISTMAS IN APRIL) and need to do some prep. That was a great excuse, but really┬áI needed to get some earthing in.

from the photobucket of kr279 who has a perfect android name

I used to be very concerned when I saw horses lying down in fields. As a child, I had been taught that horses didn’t lie down to sleep–therefore I thought horses never laid down unless they were dead. I mentally know now this is not true–but still.

Then I noticed that it happened around certain times of year–like early spring. I eventually put it together that these horses (and sometimes donkeys, even cuter) were getting their earthing-time in.

That helps remind me that we need to get in contact with the earth, too.

Sometimes the ways we recharge feel counterintuitive. We’ve been taught things about energy that may not be right for us, or right for anybody.

Once I spent that lovely long 45 minutes outside I felt like I had a whole day’s worth of energy in me, even though I’d been shovelling, moving rocks, and prying roots out of the dirt.

I definitely recommend the time-warp gardening experience to all. Or maybe just lying down on the ground every once in a while.