Gardening’s Healing Effects

Plants and trees have been worshipped, adored, admired, and looked upon with devotion. Avid plant gardeners like me even go so far as to name them and treat them like a member of my family. Rightfully so, as these beautiful beings are the sustainers of the earth, and this earth includes us, and therefore being mindful to our connection will not only improve our health, but give back to the life that creates ours.

Every person, every animal, every tree, every illness, literally every single thing that exists as a spirit. Moreover, this Spirit can be accessed, engaged or encountered in ways that bring about positive change to enhance the quality of life, relationships and health. Considering the importance of eating healthily, getting plenty of rest, engaging in appropriate exercise and having solid emotional support, I would extend that list to include a mindful regiment of appreciating and participating in some way with nature. Learning how to garden is a great start to improving yourself.

There are a multitude of documented studies from the CDC to the UK, that show the healing effects of nature and developing self-confidence and individual empowerment as well as key physical, cognitive, and social skills. Dementia patients, brain injuries, visual impairments, mental health, physical health, autism, trauma survivors, weaning off toxic drugs or medications, the list goes on. Horticulture practices and gardening are effective for everyone from children to elderly, to those suffering from trauma or sickness whether physical or mental or both, or just wanting to learn more.

This is a very symbiotic relationship to have with plants, and understand the power that is all around us. By embracing nature and participate with your plants, then you ultimately are embracing yourself and can feel it’s restorative effects. Plants are such extremely intelligent and spiritual beings that have a huge responsibility to sustain life. People often ask me on many of my non-native and adaptables, how are they surviving? Not only surviving but thriving!

Besides being a very elemental person myself, I honestly attribute most of my gardening success to communicating with them. I do not use fertilizers whether organic or synthetic, ammendments, or alter them in any way. I do find Reiki very effective, but before I embraced being a Reiki Master, I have always been in tune with my earth babies and look at them as living beings who love us, and need us too.

But they can be sensitive too, and sometimes people forget that these are live beings and depend on you to get them established and acknowledge their healing power. They will usually gravitate to what the good caregiver likes, so if you like classical music, then they will too, or if you like blues and bluegrass, then they will dance to that too. Keep in mind plants have a vascular system that transports water and minerals throughout their bodies, kind of like us right? The communicate and support one another and possess 7 senses. Biologist Daniel Chamovitz is Tel Aviv University’s director of the Manna Center for Plant Biosciences and his career is groundbreaking in discoveries in the biology of plants. I encourage you to read “What a Plant Knows”, and learn more about these beautiful creatures all around us. Whether you believe in vibration and energy that is all around us, to ancient beliefs that plants are sentient (able to perceive or feel things) and possess a soul, or just that they are so darn pretty and make you smile, does not matter. Trust me, you’ll never look at a plant the same again. Do not be scared to learn new garden skills, nature does not judge. Plants will unveil their appreciation to you by your efforts, and in turn you’ll develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of nature back.

This picture is My Garden, where the Fairies come and play, and all that enter can feel it’s healing effects.

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