Whilst driving home the other week, listening to the radio – I was listening to various stories from people that were phoning in explaining how they have struggles or had breakdowns in the past and how and what helped them move forward ….
One lady talked about her garden and how she used her garden to help her heal.
She described her “low” as almost constantly feeling suicidal – each day and all day – she said that when she decided to get herself up and moving and she chose to be focussed on something… she added at the time it was necessary to achieve any kind of focus fullstops.
She described how she firstly stripped everything from her garden – so that she could work with a complete blank canvas and then slowly but surely rebuilt – using plants; shrubs, small trees and colour – she described getting out in nature and the benefits of getting her hands into the much – finding the earth connective, calming and healing.
A late mentor of mine, Sally Canning, once wrote a program “how does your garden grow” – in relation to self development.
De-weeding or removing old limiting thoughts, beliefs, habits and behaviours – allowing space for new growth, light and colour.
A garden can help on many levels – the symbolic meaning of weeding out whats not required or old habits and beliefs, planting fresh bight inspirations and nurturing them whilst they grow – the right soil, the right nutrients and water…… the sun, the rain, the darkness and the cold…..
Whilst looking at my gardens – I realise the constant change – the overarching shrubs and trees that create the back bone of the landscape and the many changes over the years form pots, to colour to moving things around to create the best results for me each year.
Whilst looking at my gardens - I realise the constant change - the overarching shrubs and trees that create the back bone of the landscape and the many changes over the years form pots, to colour to moving things around to create… Click To Tweet
I also notice how this resembles the new learnings, the old weeding and the contentment of things just as they are……
The other benefit of course is the gardening itself – the touching, feeling, smelling, seeing and noticing – the hearing the ways certain plants swish with the breeze and the birds….
My husband recently told me proudly how he had trained a couple of blackbirds…he demonstrated as the blackbirds trotted up the decking and whistled to him to bring them out some food – the question does beg who has trained who….. but the connection with nature and the joy that this has brought is immense….
How you garden, and the shapes and colours of your garden – how does this represent you – does it represent your inner landscape?
Till next time