Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content.What do you do or experience there,and why it is meaningful to you?
There are freshness and light coolness in the air.The ray of the sun is trying to force its way through the trunks of the trees, giving an opportunity for this wonderful place to shine.A bee is trying to find right flower flying from one to another.I can feel this peaceful life around me when i go to garden,though it may be looked like i am alone.I can’t really imagine that out of the gates of this botanic garden all people hurry somewhere,trying to their deeds as fast as they can. Most garden would prefer to be busy in the garden,rather than think about how tilling the soil and growing plants affects the mind but as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist.I cannot resist reflecting on these thing.This is the partly because of my own gardening experiences but also because there is renewal of interest in horticultural therapy.Gardening make us feel renewed inside.I turn to gardening as a way of calming my mind,a kind of decompressing after a hard week in the consulting room.The jangle of competing thought inside my head somehow clears and settles as the weed buckets fills up,and ideas that are barely formed take shape.A session in the garden can leave you feeling dead on your feet.but strangely renewed inside.One of the things that set me thinking about gardening and the mind was a patient of mine who suffered from severe, recurrent depression. In her childhood she experienced emotional neglect and violent abuse and as an adult had great difficulty in forming positive relationships. She started to feel that her life was blighted.Plants are much less frightening and challenging than people, so a garden may be an accessible way of reconnecting with our life-giving impulses. Background noise falls away and you can escape from other people's thoughts and judgments,...
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