The Benefits of Horticultural Therapy: Returning to Earth

Horticultural therapy can restore our much needed connection to ourselves and each other. We are plugged in, online, connected, wireless, and completely out of touch. The more technologically advanced we become, the less connected we are with the land. When was the last time you raked your yard by hand? Donned a pair of ripped jeans and got dirt under your nails? Have you ever felt the gentle, throbbing muscle aches after planting a row of trees? Or taken in the smell of burning wood and dry leaves while pruning shrubs in autumn? Do you remember what a fresh vegetable tastes like? When was the last time you used all 5 senses at once?


Horticultural therapy is just one of many great relaxtion techniques!



“Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here, and you must treat it as a powerful stranger.”

~ An excerpt from Stand Still by David Wagoner


Horticultural therapy helps us reset and reconnect to our surroundings. We become present in the moment. There is something truly primal, raw, and nostalgic about returning to our roots. Regardless of where we are from - urban or rural - we all have an inherent, biological wiring with the earth. It is part of our genetic code.

Horticultural therapy is a gift to yourself, an opportunity to work in unison with a world you may often feel works against you. You give of yourself and the earth rewards you with beautiful trees, flowers, and PEACE. One realizes that time spent in the garden is truly his or hers. You become more grateful of your surroundings and enjoy a renewed sense of purpose. So, grab a garden tool and return to the earth.

For more information about horticultural therapy, visit www.ahta.org This is the official website of tha American Horticultural Therapy Association.

This article was written by Ted Stefanski, President of By The Yard Land Service, LLC. To learn more about working with the land and general yard care, please visit www.BTY1.com You can also read about his personal experience with stress under the tab Ted's Story.



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Desiderata

by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.