appreciate abundance

Does anyone else have stress dreams about their garden?

I started my master’s degree a few weeks ago. I’m studying Food Systems at the University of Vermont and I absolutely love it so far, but going back to school on top of working full-time, keeping up with my garden, and maintaining my healthy lifestyle is A LOT.

I feel like I’m managing it well, but my stress is manifesting in really interesting ways. For the last few weeks, I’ve been having really intense dreams about my garden. I’ve spent many long nights tossing and turning with images of rotting tomatoes and eggplants dancing in my brain.

I think my mind is sorting through my (always present) fear of not being perfect and letting something slip, and it’s spitting out panic and guilt that I won’t have time to honor and appreciate the abundance in my life – of which my garden harvest is the most obvious symbol.

How am I going to deal? A daily gratitude practice and constant reminders to myself that perfection is unattainable, and my best is good enough. Also, that no matter how busy you are, there is no reason why food from your garden needs to go to waste! If you don’t have time to prepare it, someone else will. Give a gift to a friend or neighbor or donate it to your local food bank. This is a great opportunity to grow kindness and a love of service in your young gardeners. The Garden to Give initiative from our friends at Gardener's Supply can help guide you.

Happy harvesting!

Blog by: Kristen Wirkkala

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