I had an interesting question about gardening the other day. It was that if I ever needed to take my mind off it. Interestingly enough, there really are plenty of moments when I just want to forget it all. Ranging from cooking, travel, having sex or even an acrobatic show. That is in fact, an important essense of the Slow Gardening concept that I haven’t really talked about. Because gardening is a very natural thing, it is not just something you should take slowly but also something that should be very automatic. Meaning, that if you are thinking about your garden and worrying how it’s going to end up.. this is the wrong approach to start with. One needs to forget it, it’s as important as remembering it. It’s a kind of a zen approach to gardening, which makes the vegetables even tastier. Consider the nature as something part of everything, that we are working together.. just trust that it’s there and it will produce amazing results for you. The richest vegetables and most beautiful plants grow when they are not disturbed too much. This is very important to understand when starting your “career” with the a slow gardening approach.
Coming back to the interesting question I had. Everyone has a different way to just forget about it, after all it’s life that’s different. So for me, it’s a sort of a continuation from gardening to something that makes me connected with the world. And one of the most amazing experiences that does that, is travel. Also when travelling to China for example, as explained in previous posts, you are away long enough to totally forget. When you come back after several weeks, things will be different, fresh and exiting again. I personally need that from time to time. It’s also a good no-brainer tip from me, that’s not to be forgotten if you really want to loosen a little.
Anyway, also when I travel. While I am interesting in seeing other gardens around the world and such.. it’s definitely not the only thing on my list of things do to. For example, in one of my favorite cities to travel to, which is Beijing in China. I have several favorite things, that I just love to do.. and one that kind of tops all the other experiences so far is the acrobatic show in Beijing. In earlier posts, I have blogged about the brilliant experience in Chaoyang Theatre that has kind of like transformed me because I enjoyed it so much. It is something very far from gardening, yet it is a circus performance that a gardener can definitely appriciate. But why the acrobatics is such a perfect example in all this, is that while it totally takes my mind off gardening. At the same time, it gives me huge power and motivations to continue with my hobby. Seeing those acrobatic performers do those amazing tricks, gives birth to a voice inside of my self that is saying: “yes I can!”. But what’s really magical about it, in a meditative way that is.. that I cannot really put my fingure on what it might be. Perhaps a new design in the garden, or a new goal to grow some very exotic fruit or vegetable. You never really know, but just having that sense of inspiration and innovation is very important for the next big gardening project.
For everyone it really is different, and why for me acrobatics in the distant China. Well, it just came to me and I cannot explain it so perfectly. All I know that the Chaoyang Theatre is the most impressive theater venue I have witnessed in my whole life. It really made me think again of my possibilities. Something that the actors in this show have definitely figured out! Want a trip to performing show life, head to Beijing and forget about everything you knew, only to be born again. That sentence would definitely sum it up.
Now back in the states I feel more confident. And that’s the whole reason why I go to such far lengths to travel to China or anything similar to achieve it. Try it out.. and get deeper into slow gardening!