My wife tends plants and flowers on our patio. Her mom has a vegetable garden behind her house. She grows cucumbers, broccoli, eggplant, and then sends them to us. It's definitely a very helpful and therapuatic form of mindfulness practice for both of them, a way to express metta, mudita and karuna to nature and family. It helps them to cultivate calm, equanimity, concentration...
It's just a win/win in so many ways.
"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009