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Gardening as Medicine

The word “paradise” has always signified the same thing in all cultures and is derived from the Persian word for a garden. It stands for “paradise on earth” and gives us the chance to immediately possess a small portion of heaven. When we realize that gardens give us a place of sanctuary and well-being, it has healing importance as a healer.

The garden has the ability to offer a haven from stress, which The World Health Organization calls “the health crisis of the 21st century.” According to medical professionals, the stress-related disease accounts for 70% of all visits to the family doctor. As more and more people succumb to this disease of “modern-day living,” the garden’s capacity to offer this haven of healing and calm becomes increasingly important.

What important is that plants offer a depth to the home or workplace that literally transforms the vibe and adds life, whether it be a few pots on a windowsill or a lush garden room. An overwhelming sensation of amazement over this marvel of life, of which we are a crucial part, re-connects us on a deep level while we are caring for and tending to plants, whether watering, re-potting, or caressing the leaves. Time stands still when we plant the seed or observe the cyclical nature of the gardens we tend, allowing us to savor the awareness of our connection to the land and to the spiritual side of ourselves.

When plants are introduced and placed in corners of rooms and on furniture, these areas become softer; living plants promote feelings of calm and well-being; starting seeds indoors gives us a head start on spring for those of us who get antsy fingers in January and enables us to grow different types of plants not typically available from greenhouses; growing herbs indoors makes it easier for us to cook with fresh herbs all year round.

How to Create an Indoor Garden in Steps

1. What is your goal? Are you trying to heal yourself, meditate, grow herbs for food, or work on a project with the kids?

2. How much space is there, such as in a closet, basement room, living room, or bedroom corner?

3. Seated – Do you have room for a seating area in your region?

4. Create a particular type of gardens, such as one with a collection of ferns, orchids, or Ficus.

5. Elements – these can include candles, music, art, emotional items, wind chimes, water features like fountains, and/or fragrance and/or color therapy.

6. Is the site suitable for indoor gardening?

7. Is the light sufficient, or would you need to use artificial lights?

8. What plants are you going to grow?

Tabletop gardens, healing gardens, meditation gardens, container gardens, water gardens, and animal gardens are just a few examples of indoor gardens. “We may have to learn anew the mystery of the garden,” Thomas Moore wrote, “in how its external features imitate the heart itself, and how the soul is a garden contained, our own permanent paradise where we might be replenished and repaired.” In other words, the interior garden can act as a haven where we can retreat for a while and reaffirm our connection to our own sacredness.

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