Is Your Home or Garden a Place to Heal?

Does your home and/or your garden reflect your psychological needs? I can say with certainty that mine does. My home is under constant scrutiny for clutter. Most would probably describe it as empty, but for my family, it’s comfortable and stress-free.

My garden, on the other hand, is organized but purposely as far from perfection as possible. The garden represents my mind—similar to what was depicted in the movie The Shack.

In my vegetable garden, what I grow represents basic needs. There is only enough for each day—no excess, no exotic items, just practical basics. With proper planning, “enough for each day” represents having what is needed during non-growth periods. This means harvesting and preserving for dark cold times—the winter periods of life.

In my flower garden, what I grow represents how I grow spiritually and mentally. It’s messy but beautiful. There are native plants and non-native plants representing thoughts and beliefs I’ve had since childhood and those that I’ve picked up over the years through relationships and experiences.

There is constant change. Something that “fits” today may be uprooted tomorrow or during the next season of growth. Life is full of change. We need to be able to adapt and let go or prepare room for something new to grow.

There are weeds. They pop up unexpectedly. They need to be pulled but only when it doesn’t negatively impact the growth of a neighboring plant. Weeds are bad thoughts or twisted beliefs. They can also take the form of people and relationships that attempt to steal valuable resources from what needs to grow and produce beauty or food.

There are no major voids in the flower garden. This garden is designed to be whole—the essence of healing. It has many different parts, none of which are perfect, but together, they represent wholeness. When a tree or plant struggles to fill a space, an accompanying plant fills that void until the struggle to grow is over. The accompanying plants are spiritual friends and mentors. They help fill the voids when life’s struggles prevent growth. When the struggle, the sickness, the mental torment, or the difficult trial is over, they go back to maintaining their own growth space knowing that, if they struggle, another plant will help fill the void during their own growth recovery process.

If you were to describe how your garden or home is designed, is it a reflection of you and your psychological needs?

©, April 30, 2018


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