Plants heal. Lesson #121,577

Plants. Heal.

So I have always loved plants.  I have a houseplant problem.  My wifi network is welcome to the jungle.  I had a friend who would count all of my houseplants before he left my house every time he came over.  He lived downstairs, he was there a lot.  Most often there were more plants than the time he counted before.  As we were preparing to move across the country my partner had to establish a rule that I was not to buy any houseplants till we were in our new house.  

I do not collect plants for the sake of collecting, rather it is the relationships I have with my plants that spur my collection.  Each one is a meditation in sustaining life and showing up.  My plants have taught  me lessons in routine, consistency, moving, letting go of what is no longer serving, resilience, thirst, famine, beauty, and breathe.  That is not an exhausted list, there are more lessons.

Often when people come to my house they are amazed by how many plants there are and how they seem to be everywhere.  They express surprise at their maintenance.  They proclaim they can't keep plants alive.  I would argue that the plants have kept me alive.  Because the secret of a plant, is that its only purpose is to grow.   It wants nothing more than to be its biggest version of its self and it will sacrifice in order to persevere.  

So the daily practice of having plants can be the analogy for the daily practice of trusting myself.  It is the repeated intuitive needs of plants that invite me to show up in my own knowing of my worth.  It is the relationship of responsibility for their life that demonstrates how to trust in what I know.  

I know this is a bit out there.  #woowooasfuck some might say.  But I am completely serious.  For me it is houseplants, and my garden, what is it for you?  Is there something in your life that sustains you?  Where do you learn your lessons?  How can you honor that something?  Do you prioritize it?  Could you write it at the top of a gratitude list?  Share it with people you care about?  

Creative Practice.

my rendition of an artichoke.

my rendition of an artichoke.

When I was introduced to the term creative practice a few years ago it was like a fucking light bulb on top of my head.  I have always made shit.  I am a writer.  I grow house plants, cultivate a kitchen herb garden, sew without patterns, and cook food for my loved ones.  All of these activities are creative outlets.  Yet I never really had a body of work that I could put on display or publish.   So when I found the term creative practice I realized that I had a very strong creative practice.  I fed my soul by making stuff, by learning new skill sets and putting them to use.  

Creative practice is not a set in stone, day in day out task.  It is a practice that serves wholly.  It is the freedom to focus on what intrigues me the most in the present.  Sometimes that is coloring while I watch a movie, sometimes that is planting a veggie garden, occasionally that is making a cover up for my trip to the beach.  

I think it is important to recognize how our practices, our behaviors serve us.  To examine them and ask are we satisfied?  Are we doing this from a place of should?  Or a place of pleasure?  Are they lifting us up?  

So check with yourself.  Where can you create something that brings you pleasure?  It can be a friendship, a calendar, a collage, a spreadsheet.  Creative practice doesn't have to look any one way.  It does have to serve you.  

Getting Outside.

Go for a walk.  Sit in a park.  Hug a tree.  Sit on the porch with a cup of tea.  Sit on your stoop with your lunch.  Walk to the store, lie under the stars.  Go fishing, go for a bike ride.  How do you get outside?

Recently I put outside time on my weekly behavior tracker, because I realized that even though I know that being outside makes me productive, happier and healthier I was struggling with getting my ass out into the world.  

What do you know is good for you but you struggle with implementing in your every day existence?  Where do you need a little bit of strategizing?  How do you hold yourself accountable for behaviors that promote creative healthy, growth?

 

I'm on a PODCAST!!!

Hey all,

My friend Amy Kuretsky interviewed me for her podcast and today the interview went live!  So go take a listen, we talk about the restaurant industry, we talk about herbs, about self-care and how important it is.  It was super fun to get to talk with Amy and to get over my fear of my recording voice.  So go check it out! 

Then let me know what you think.  I would love to hear peoples feedback.  

The healing power of plants.

I have a friend who counts how many houseplants I have every time he comes over.  My girlfriend just had an intervention with me, I can't propagate or buy any new plants.  I love plants.   How in the world am I not to coax any more plant babies in the next forever?  I mean until we move.

I have to live with plants and eat plants on a daily basis in order for me to feel my best.  

Plants Heal.  Growing plants teaches us many lessons.  Routine, forgiveness, and loyalty being some of the harder ones, we also learn how to listen and let go from tending to plants.  The observation needed to grow plants is a tool that we can use to examine our own selves.  I have survived some major upside down moments by putting my energy in the soil so that it can compost and bring forth new life for me.  The decay of the plant world inspires me just as the growth.   I'm talking big picture, life metaphors.  Plant your sorrow, and till the earth until new life springs forth.  This can be in a potted herb garden on a balcony, or a lone houseplant on your windowsill, to the backyard veggie garden, or the herb farm with acres of medicine.  

Plants Heal.  Eating plants tastes yummy, and has many lasting benefits for your health and the wellness of the earth.  I am not going to go into the politics of food production right now, I'll save that for later.  But I will say that the nutritive impact that plants provide far outweighs the resource consumption used for their growth.   How our bodies use plants to fuel and strengthen ourselves is simple in that we don't have to teach our bodies what we need, if we listen we can hear our body ask for the plants/food that best serves us.