After many years of apartment dwelling, this year I decided to make a garden.
Am I allowed to call it a garden? It’s more like a few containers, a few planters, and a slooooowly developing green thumb.
I had fantasies about what my “garden” would look like: lush green, fragrant herbs, overflowing blossoms. It would be like in the magazines. An oasis on my small apartment balcony; a step into an idyllic aromatic space.
When I went to the local nursery to pick out plants, it was an awakening. I had imagined succulents, ornamental grasses, big globes and trails of multicolored petals. Thanks to those little plant care labels (and the kind saleswoman in the sun hat) I got schooled.
Not all plants, it turns out, would be happy with the amount of sunlight on my balcony. Also, not all plants would be happy together.
Like us humans, plants have different needs when it comes to light, space, water, and conditions.
Does this seem obvious to you?
It wasn’t to me. I was (still am) a beginner. I needed some education about how to support a plant’s natural tendencies and desires/ Plant care isn’t just about water and light. It’s about the right combination and the right conditions for the individual plant.
The same is true when it comes to self-care.
Self-care is not just about spa treatments and vacation days. Self-care is about what makes you feel healthy, balanced, and restored. Self-care is unique to each of us. It is not always universal, and it is not always obvious. Some people find deep restoration in a quiet night home alone, while others feel fully recharged after a night out with friends. Our work is to discover our own unique brand of self-care.
So, here’s an unconventional meditation to sweeten your midsummer week:
If you were a plant, what would your care instructions be?
What conditions make you thrive?
How much space do you need?
What kind of nourishment?
How much attention?
What simple actions make you feel your very best and brightest?
Love and green thumbs,