The weather has been nice these last few days on the west coast of Canada and I took advantage of this nice weather to do a bit of gardening. The flower beds needed some cleaning up and it is my habit to add some good layers of mushroom manure as a top-dressing. This keeps the weeds down, the moisture in, and feeds the perennial plants the nutrients they need. In addition to this the top-dressing makes the beds look spick and span, pleasing to the eye.

But there is another benefit to gardening. It is simply good to get out and putter in the dirt. For those of us living in suburban cities, and particularly where it is wet as is the Vancouver area, weeks and weeks, okay months and months, can go by and we don’t get outside for any sort of gardening.

Yet what I’ve found over the years is that getting one’s hands into the soil is a great break from head work and heart work.

So much so that I often advise my prayer ministry clients to get outside and do something physical. Take a walk, putter in the garden, play a game of tennis. Anything to refresh and relieve the hard heart work they’ve been intent on. It makes a big difference.

I don’t know what you have been working at lately, but if you need a change of pace go out and dig in the dirt a bit. This time of year it may be as simple as planting a few primroses.

Most of all, take some deep breaths of fresh air and enjoy.


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