As the world responds to the Haitian earthquake tragedy, graphic coverage unfolds on television burning the shocking images into our minds. For some of us, the news can be personal as it was for our support group that comes together several times a year to package children’s vitamins for The Haiti Mission. Although our hearts and financial support go out to the Haitian people and others residing there, these devastating events can take an emotional toll on us and we must look for ways to stop and get our bearings.
For some, the act of gardening can provide a soothing, healing respite and just the simple act of potting a few plants in a planter is a bit of therapy. Gardening is a healthy activity and can lift your spirit. Just seeing the green of live plants and having hands in soil can help to remove tension and add welcomed therapeutic benefits.
Each winter I purchase several tiny low-light plants from Lowes or Home Depot in small containers for a centerpiece on the dinning room table. Using aquarium gravel for the base, I add potting soil, then a variety of small plants that thrive throughout the cold months. This year the small task of indoor gardening took on a larger role for me. Trying to weather storms of tragedy, the simple activity of indoor gardening and therapy seem to be related and, for me, both appear to be deeply rooting in the soil.