There are benefits from tending a garden and here in Southern California one can cultivate a garden all year long. My colleague Anna Bowness-Park is a regular contributor to the Times Vancouver Sun and writes of one woman’s return to health through her love of gardening.
Gardens can teach us many lessons about ourselves, but there is a visionary quality to being a gardener that when developed can bring unexpected health benefits for both the land and ourselves.
Shelley Sparks is author of Secrets of the Land, Designing Harmonious Gardens with Feng Shui. In a recent article in Next Avenueshe shared a powerful story about a woman who, after suffering two strokes, was seriously disabled and in a wheelchair. Yet, when Sparks met her some time later she was fully mobile. She asked the woman how this happened.
“She told me that her first stroke had paralyzed her and left her unable to walk. One day she was looking out her window, and noticed the empty lot next to her home, an unsightly mess, overgrown with weeds, parched soil and debris. That’s when it hit her: By rehabilitating that plot of land she might be able to rehabilitate herself. She crawled over to the lot every day on her hands and knees and slowly started pulling weeds and bagging debris. At first she needed help from her grandchildren, but she struggled valiantly for two years to clear the lot, and slowly but surely they both improved. Her doctors were in shock as they watched her return to full mobility.
This woman saw the potential for restoration to wholeness not only for the plot of land, but also for herself. In like manner, we don’t have to accept that things are hopeless and unchangeable, whether it is with our health or any other aspect of our lives. We can look deeper.
Read Anna’s complete article as first published in the Vancouver Sun