Flowers as Therapy

There is something sensual with the look of this flower; the folds, the lines, the vertical folds...you feel seduction but strength.
There is something sensual with the look of this flower; the folds, the lines, the vertical folds...you feel seduction but strength.
The inner folds of this rose bring forth curiosity...what lies within each delicate curve?
The inner folds of this rose bring forth curiosity...what lies within each delicate curve?
Happy spikes and a cheerful round center; this flower makes me feel strong, carefree and full of glee.
Happy spikes and a cheerful round center; this flower makes me feel strong, carefree and full of glee.
A bunch of pretty tulips.  Happiness in a crowd!
A bunch of pretty tulips. Happiness in a crowd!

 Take a deep breath.... inhale and hold the fragrance of natural medicine.  Gardening can be great therapy for the doldrums.  Personal wellness is important for a long, happy and fulfilling life.  Nature has a way of helping us connect to our inner self.  Perhaps its the nurturing we feel as we weed gently around a beautiful bloom, or gingerly scoop dirt around a newly planted tree.  We feel one with the earth.  Part of it.  As if giving birth to the fragile plant and sending it out into the wild as we transplant it and leave it to grow.

Therapy can be expensive, but gardening is not.  A few seeds, some dirt, water and lots of sunshine and soon little buds poke their heads out of the soil and grow into shoots, strong enough to withstand summer rains and the beating sun.  Just as we care for our flowers, we are caring for ourselves.  Beauty surrounding us, in the form of flowers, not only is visually appealing but overwhelming to our other senses.  The fragrances and luscious aromas that protrude from flowers are a natural aroma-therapy for our senses.  Visually, the folds, lines, curves and structure of the many different flowers appeal to our senses as well.  Flowers can bring out different feelings in us.  Sensuality, tenderness, love, nostalgia and more, can be felt intrinsically by smelling, feeling and looking at varieties of flowers.

A bouquet of flowers is happiness in a bunch.  The larger the bouquet, the better we feel.  It exemplifies love and care.  The single red rose can make a strong statement itself.  An autonomous relationship or a gesture suggesting a deep feeling. 

One not need to visit a floral shop to receive gratification of beauty...just visit your nearby park or garden and bask in the beauty of nature.  Feel the medical benefits of sitting in a garden.  Breath in and bask in the sunshine.  Watch the floating clouds and take in the blue sky.  Close your eyes and feel the breeze on your face.  All of the talking in the world can't replace your current connection with nature and the natural medicinal benefits that moment can provide.

Go out and explore a garden!  I guarantee that you will emerge with a clearer mind, a smile on your face and a free feeling heart.

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