Look slowly around your room. Notice carefully each contribution made by a plant.
Think about the value of those contributions.
My friends, these contributions pale in comparison with the gifts plants have in store for us.
Plants are truly here to heal us. It is in consciously connecting with them that we initiate the cycle of love between us.
What is a plant? Food on the table? Flowers in the garden? Clothes in the closet? Medicine in the pharmacy? Ethanol in the gas tank? Furniture in the study? Books on the shelf? How long would this list be if we could remember all the gifts of plants?
Are plants sentient beings? Do they have a soul? Can they speak? Move? Respond to humans or their environment?
I just remembered one more gift for the list: oxygen in our lungs. Oh yes, there’s this too. Plants are the givers of life on this planet. Without plants, humans are not possible.
Would it then be to our advantage to nurture plants? To look upon our service to plants as more than “maintenance?” To think of our actions toward plants as more about “thrive” rather than “survive?”
Connecting with plants is an adventure into a new kind of relationship—one in which humans must grow in new directions in order to keep up. And in this growth lies enormous healing potential for humans.
It is in healing that we are healed. This is never more true than healing our plants.