Travel & Acrobatics to Take Mind off Gardening

Old Theatre in China

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!

Best wishes,
Pete Underwood

Timeless Tips to Focusing on Gardening

Little Slow Back Garden

I am going to do a post later about taking your mind off gardening, but for now I will focus on gardening. That is to focus on gardening it self. Because so many people seem to be distracted by everyday life and don’t find the time to do gardening. Especially when in the slow way of things, time tends to be consumed rather a lot. So several people have asked me, about how I manage to find all the time for it. And the answer is pretty simple.. I don’t. Which is often quite a releafe to others, knowing that I am in the same timeless situation as everyone else.

What that means, is that the only way to find the time to do this.. is to forget about time. There is no other way around it. As soon as you look at the watch, you fill fail because it will make you distracted and hurry on to other things in your life. That’s why you need to make a time when you forget about time alltogether. The key I guess is as simple as not caring about how much that time lasts.. do you understand?

What I mean is.. that it doens’t matter if you garden five or fifty minutes per day. Any time is enough and since you are not looking at the watch. You can focus on gardening undependent on any limit of time. When you need to do something else do it.. the magic of plants is that they live in nature by themselves. Being overly obsessive about caring for plants is the biggest mistake you can make.

Natural way is best for nature and the peace of mind. That’s my tip to focusing on your garden! Hope it helped to answer your questions guys.

See you next time,
Pete U.

Economics of Going Natural

Money Tree

I wanted to take this opportunity to make it clear, that slow gardening is far from anything commercial. Which is a movement that I have inreasingly seen on the game board of anything that’s “eco”. It’s really a pitty to see those who protect or not protect the environment devided into the rich, and the poor. This is only pseudo-naturalism and overall has negative consequences that are just as bad. The more the gap devides, the more it becomes a question of survival. While the rich feed of the poor, one is supposedly suppose to succeed monewise inorder to protect themselves. Gardening of just about anything from food to flowers in especial has this profound importance in the cycle of life.

But no matter how gloomy things might seem from the big picture, there are a lot of people who are waking up. Especially those who can afford it and later realise that maybe their effect on this world is not as positive as they would have hoped for. Living in balance with nature, brings happiness to life and ones surroundings. Staying locked in your castle of richness is not a satisfying life unless of course, you keep on growing your fortune more and more. This if of course what the millionares are doing, they are sick people. Addicted to a dose of money which is never enough.

This is the reason why we should not devide different levels of income, we should devide economics from our earths resources. This of course, is a battle that those who hold the power will fight until the last drop to protect. Luckily enough, they are the vast minority and already loosers at such. We need a healthier planet in so many ways, while slow gardening is one.. it is a drop in the ocean which btw. vibrates for all drops. Dribble and we are already half way there.

Let’s garden and remember what’s important to us, the beautiful life of travel. Not everyone is bad or evil, while it may seem so. I learned that in the most unlikely of places, in China where everyone seemed just corrupt and greedy. It was far from truth and if there is hope, hope is everywhere. We have to believe in it, or it will be a huge battle for the survival of the human kind. Economics will be the last thing on peoples mind then. Naturally.