Gardening, Spirituality and Well-being
Gardening The Heart offers fresh approaches to nurturing spirituality and well-being using the natural world, helping people to make connections between seasons and processes in nature, spirituality as well as aspects of Christian teaching.
Practical gardening can bring fresh insights and meaning to exploration of Christian spirituality. For example: a vine needs to be pruned to make it fruitful with large bunches of grapes. Without pruning a vine grows lots of foliage and a large number of small bunches of small grapes! Jesus uses the vine analogy frequently in his teaching on fruitfulness to encourage desire for Godly character.
Cultivation, for all ages, brings a new awareness of the changing seasons, with their positive and negative influences on plant growth, as well as a great sense of reward. Together, the seasons make up a complete year, and can illustrate different stages of journeying through our lives.
Seeing something grow from seed to maturity, or a bare patch of ground come to life, filled with a variety of blooms, insects and butterflies is life enhancing, and brings a great sense of achievement. Parallels in life can be drawn from every aspect of seasonal cultivation.
Nature and natural processes mirror the character and kingdom of God
Most people have some kind of connection with the natural environment, be it through walking, gardening, growing vegetables, sports activities, picnicking, wildlife and art interests. However with the demands of today’s society, many people don’t have the time or opportunity to consider the rich spiritual connections that exist between nature, natural processes and Christ, His character and life.
Nature mirrors the Divine. “for since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities- his eternal power and Divine nature- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1 v 20)
This disconnection between man and the natural environment can hinder deeper spiritual awareness and growth both of individuals, churches and communities. Gardening The Heart offers talk, walks, workshops and online resources to support churches, small groups, schools and individuals in creatively exploring or rediscovering these life giving connections.