How Gardening Heals Me

I wrote this well over a year ago in my other blog, Naked Nerves, which is about Living with Invisible Illness. Some comments I’ve gotten recently have made me feel that it’s perhaps relevant to post it again here now. The picture is a Ghost Fern underneath an Ukigumo Japanese maple.

Naked Nerves

Well I suppose it was only a matter of time before my 2 blogs conjoined but I didn’t think it would happen in the same week I started them both. I’m writing here about my health and in the other about gardening and here they come together in a post about how my gardening is good for my health. It makes sense I suppose since it’s so much of my life. Perhaps the two most crucial factors in my existence except for my partner and our relationship. My relations with Gardening go back to my childhood tho so do my illnesses, some of the most significant ones that is. I’ve had Asthma since I was born. Literally. They put me in an incubator at birth so I could breathe and gave me medicine from the get go. And I can look back and see how the Bipolar Disorder has affected…

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  1. Posted by Crooked Tracks on March 1, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    There is definitely something wonderful about our connection to nature.

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  2. So glad you posted your wonderful article steve! I am so glad you have a place to put your hands in the dirt + you no longer have to go without:-) Happy gardening this spring to you!

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    • Thanks Robbie. I’m glad you liked this post. Thanks for the good thoughts about being able to get dirty again… 😉 It;s so wonderful to have a garden. Happy gardening to you this year as well!
      peace,
      Steve

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      • in two weeksthey have posted a 50 degree day!!!! This morning was the coldest March 3rd in our area in 150 yrs!Cold, cold go away! I can hardly wait:-)

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        • Oh my! That’s too cold for me. I grew up in sunny California and Seattle gets plenty cold for me, and my homestead in the Okanogan Highlands in eastern WA gets cold like you do so we don’t go there in winter. Too much snow to drive in the 2 mile driveway…. I can’t imagine what you folks are going thru. I hope that 50 degree day comes soon for you!
          Hang in there!
          Steve

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  3. That connection is so important…Growing up I was always outside, working with animals and working with the land. Then for six years I was in a city, totally engrossed in research and rarely leaving a library or office. I didn’t realize how unhappy I was until on one of my prowls through the city, I happened to touch the bark of a tree. I couldn’t stop marveling over how it Felt until I realized I hadn’t touched something that was natural and alive in months. It was an astonishing moment of horror and awe.
    I have no desire to live in a flat ever again, and preferably never in a city again.

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    • What a wonderful story. I can easily relate to it, having been trapped in an apt, for more years than I care to recall after working outdoors for most of my life. It’s so healing to touch the trees and I did that often when I’d go for my daily walks in the city even from my apt. It helps a lot. I’m so glad you have the Farm to live on now and can be with Nature so easily and readily. It’s so wonderful for you and I envy you your place in the woods. It sounds beautiful… 😉 I hope you never have to live it in a city again either. I do but we live in such a quiet neighborhood that it’s almost like being in the country at times. And I have my land of 40 acres in the mountains that we go to every summer when we can. It’s so quiet. Thanks so much for writing and sharing your very insightful story with us.
      peace,
      Steve

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