JoAnna Bennett

JoAnna Bennett, O’Brien Communications Group

April 13, 2022

The weather this week has been a gorgeous reminder that summer is fully on its way. My windows have been open. My skin has been soaking up some much-needed vitamin D. And I’ve been so very proud of how my seedlings are growing. My sunflowers have even begun to organically reseed themselves from last years bounty.
One of my favorite things to do when the weather begins to warm up is head outside barefoot for some yardwork. You may wonder why I’d like to do it barefoot. Isn’t that dangerous? Well, the answer is to feel more grounded. I love the feeling of my feet digging in the dirt. And I love knowing how supported I am by the planet.


The earth will soon start holding onto the seedlings that will produce fruits and vegetables for myself and my family. The sun will provide the energy needed to help them grow. And the rainwater I collect, along with the water from my hose, will provide the necessary nourishment for the plants to complete many cycles of photosynthesis. It’s a group effort to produce the final product. And as my seedlings turn to full plants, I, too, will feel fuller. The garden has a glorious way of grounding me.

As author Alfred Austin wrote, “The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” And that’s exactly how I feel. The glory of gardening without a doubt feeds my soul. The glory of gardening keeps me grounded on the most difficult days. And the glory of gardening provides me with the meditative silence that helps me find the answers I seek.


There is peace in the garden. There is no rushing of growth. There is no expectation to be met. There is only patience, observation, and accountability. And of course, more grounding. By being barefoot in the garden, I’m able to feel the electricity of the earth. I’m able to feel the energy that keeps my plants growing. And I’m able to home in on my own growth. Like author Steve Goodier wrote, “Get yourself grounded and you can navigate even the stormiest roads in peace.”

And who doesn’t love navigating the storm with peace in their heart and the power of the Earth beneath them?