It’s August and the first of summer was a long time ago (measured in COVID years). Therefore this summer newsletter is a bit late. I beg your forgiveness but offer the following justification:
The manuscript for my new book Tropical Plants and How to Love Them is now on my editor’s desk. In fact, the pre-order information has just gone up on Amazon. But more about that in a minute.
This summer is unlike any most of us have experienced in our lifetimes. In addition to normal life stressors, we are all dealing with a daily dose of trepidation and worry for many different reasons. To say “the garden can solve it” is not only trite, but untrue.
However, I do believe that our natural world can help us to remediate the emotional effects we are feeling from several months lived under a stress cloud. Parks, gardens, hiking trails, lakes, ponds and other natural resources reconnect us to what it means to be human and of this earth.
One more ‘however’.
It’s impossible to fully absorb this medicine when we’ve got a back-pocket device keeping us connected to the very thing we need to escape.
I urge you to consider leaving your phone with all its alerts, notifications, alarms, texts, doomfeeds, step counts and other keep-up-keep-connected anxiety inducers at home when you head out for some forest bathing.
Pics or it didn’t happen? Take pictures with your eyes, your heart, and your mind. The rest of the world doesn’t need proof that you’re unwinding, and if you’re showing us, it’s proof that you’re not.
For centuries human beings coped with being unreachable for a few hours.
Be brave. Be unreachable.