There are few joys comparable to digging your fingers into dirt, in my humble opinion. And it’s incredibly satisfying to watch something you planted grow, thrive, and reproduce. It’s almost like having a pet, and in an odd way I feel a sort of connection to them. I water them, trim them back, transplant their babies when I can, change their dirt, and admire them as my work comes to fruition.
I grew up with a vegetable garden plus flower beds and indoor plants, and I yearn for the day I will have a nice little herb garden and flower patch. In the meantime, I take joy in “gardening” in my own way.
I have no idea what any of my plants are called, but I choose ones that are easy to take care of. I’ve definitely killed an orchid or two…
This one is one I received at work for participating in a week-long vegetarian challenge:
It’s an adorable little succulent that I check in on almost every day. It has a special place of importance on our counter. It is showing signs of new life at the top, and I hope it will continue to grow. I plan to get more plants; while some people like to decorate with photos and the like, I’m a bit minimalistic and prefer a clear, uncluttered area. Plants are the exception.
I have two plants at home that I decorated hanging baskets for.
One has taken off significantly, to the extent that I had to trim it back, and I may need to split it into two planters soon.
This is the first apartment we’ve had with signficant sunlight, and these two are loving it. It has also given me renewed hope for a window herb garden. Although I would somehow have to keep them away from our cat, Fred. He loves every plant and every flower, just like me. The difference is that I don’t try to eat them.
I also have the promise of a baby aloe plant joining my group soon. A co-worker of mine saw how sunburned I got a couple of weeks ago, and she mentioned she had an aloe plant that had a baby growth she could give me in a few weeks. Of course I was excited at the prospect as I get burned quite easily, plus it’s very soothing when you burn yourself cooking or baking too. Which I also do a lot of. Not to mention you can use it as a natural makeup remover and more!
So I guess what I’m trying to say is that plants and the process of caring for them is stress relieving, makes me happy, and is a form of self-care for me. But don’t take my word for it: there are several experimental studies that say the same thing! It makes sense, really, if you think about it–being out in nature is good for your health, and indoor plants are little pieces of condensed nature.
Reflecting on my meditation…
Today was day 7 and my last session using the Calm app! A week of meditation…it’s crazy to think I made it that long. I’m incredibly proud of that. Tomorrow I’ll continue with a podcast on the Spotify app I mentioned a couple posts ago. No more of these beautiful photos every day…I guess I’ll have to find my own inspirational quotes! I love the one above.