the urban gardeness

a novice gardener's adventures in chicago gardening

The spiritual laws of gardening

Koi Pond at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

As I stare at my snow-covered garden, I’ve started reflecting on my first balcony gardening experience and realized that gardening can be a spiritual experience.

One of my favorite books is The Seven Spiritual Laws Of Success (A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams) by Deepak Chopra. This little book is chock-full of inspiration and enlightenment. This morning, I had a realization: I’ve actually been applying some of his spiritual laws to gardening.

Living in an urban city environment, my balcony garden offers some much-needed peace in my day. Though I may be surrounded by noise and activity, tending to my garden allows me to stop and be in the moment.

Here are a few of Chopra’s spiritual laws that I have (unknowingly) been applying to gardening):

Applying the spiritual laws to gardening

The Law of Detachment: “In our willingness to step into the unknown, the field of all possibilities, we surrender ourselves to the creative mind that orchestrates the dance of the Universe.”

  • Don’t let yourself get too attached to a planting. Accept the ebb and flow of the garden and unique lifecycle of each plant. I definitely feel a sense of creative energy when I’m working in my garden.

The Law of Karma or Cause and Effect: “Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind…what we sow is what we reap.”

  • This can be taken quite literally: caring for and feeding your garden results in a beautiful, fruitful garden that brings happiness and joy.

The Law of Least Effort: “This moment is as it should be, because the whole Universe is as it should be.”

  • Live in the moment: enjoy the beauty of your garden on that particular day, because tomorrow it may not look the same. This one is tricky for me, as I have a tendency to get attached to a beautiful blooming plant. However, living in the Midwest, I have to enjoy my garden “in the moment” because tomorrow we may have frost or snow!

Does anyone else have any “spiritual” gardening experiences?



  Diane Creasy wrote @

Looks like we have three things in common. I love the koi pond here. I am the new Marketing Director of Selby Gardens. My favorite book and DVD is the Seven Laws of Spiritual Success by Depok. I have purchased numerous copies and give them to all my friends. So glad you enjoy the Gardens.

  lidia wrote @

Diane, thank you for your comment! I have been meaning to visit the Gardens for many years and was thrilled to finally see it.

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