Even if you have a black thumb, you can do more than you think.
Growing up, my mom had this beautiful garden outside of our house. She would tell me all about the different flowers, what soil they needed, how they bloomed, and how to take care of them. Each time I would try to grow one inside, the poor thing didn’t stand a chance. I would buy blooming house plants only to take them home and slowly kill them. I was convinced I had a black thumb.
I discovered that it was more than plants I was killing. Most of what I was eating or telling myself was killing me. In an environment like that, how could a plant survive?
Water, sunshine, and fresh air
For a plant to grow, it needs to be watered a few times a week with plant food and clean water, it needs sunshine and clean fresh air. The same was true for me and for you. How can any of us grow in a vacuum? If we don’t eat right, we become over weight, sick, and tired. If we do not get enough sunshine, we start becoming depressed and I’m sorry, but I believe it is more than simply taking a vitamin D supplement. If we continue breathing the same air, we suck out all of the oxygen and begin to suffocate. This does not sound pleasant!
So what can be done about it?
Water is life and if you have access to clean water or are able to purify your water, then that step is simple. Drinking more than 8 servings of 8 ounces of water daily can improve so much not only physically, but also mentally and spiritually. Water helps the spirit? YES! It cleans out toxins, it makes you more alert than coffee, it helps fight hunger cravings, and will make your mind more focused on your work. Ever hear about the 3 o’clock slump? That’s because you need water! Try replacing that sugar snack, extra coffee, or energy shot with 2 glasses of water and see how your life improves.
As for sunshine, if you live in the norther hemisphere, we don’t get a lot of that during the winter, but for most of us, the sun still rises. Finding a sunny spot and just taking 15 minutes to bask in the light can lower your blood pressure and do other amazing things to your body. I personally imagine myself lying on a beach listening to the waves as I sip a fresh fruit smoothie. One day, I put out a blanket on the floor of my kitchen in a sunny spot and pretended I was having a picnic!
Fresh air clean air is amazing. Not all of us can take an hour just to walk outside or sometimes the smog is overwhelming. Do the best that you can. Walk to work or around your space a couple times a day. Open the window for five minutes. Run to the store, ANYTHING that gets you moving or outside can change your life in good ways.
We are what we hear and see
I had to stop poisoning myself with junk. Not just about food and drinking clean water, but about the movies I watched or the music I listened to. I was so unaware that something so small affected everything I did. It affected how I talked to myself and to others. If I was listening to music all day about depression, suicide, anger, and hate, guess what I was feeling??? If I kept watching murder mysteries, crime dramas, and reality TV, it is no surprise I was feeling anxious and frustrated at the world. I had to stop bringing this into my life! I do watch a few shows now and again or listen to some music that is more edgy, but not all the time every day.
I actually stopped watching TV for the most part and scrutinized the movies I was watching in my spare time. I now put on Christian music or upbeat music even when I am working. The subconscious does absorb background stimulus too.
Growing plants is like growing our life
Once I could take care of myself in healthy ways, I began to get house plants again. I am proud to say that I am able to keep them healthy and happy. I have a few that are seven years old! Like anything living, they have gone through transitions, die offs, soil replacements, and finding the best spot in my apartment. I’m so happy that now I can have a diversity of healthy plants that help brighten up my space, create oxygen, and help with the energy!
I have a goal to make a garden when I have a house where I can teach my kids about how to grow flowers and plants. One step at a time.