“Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?” She thought he was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.” – John 20:15
Gardens are a big theme running through the Bible. From the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve first lived in a perfect relationship with God, to Mary Magdalene actually confusing the resurrected Jesus as the gardener, to the final scene in Revelation. It seems as though our good, good Father.
If we fill our time taking care of plants we can get rid of stress, it is scientifically proven. By taking care of our green friends we will discover new hidden sides of our personality and will learn better how to love and care for others.
Accepting a plant we are assuming a new responsibility, we are adopting a living, breathing being. This way, we learn just what it means to pay attention to those around you.
We become aware of the needs of another being: we know how much water the plant needs and when, how much light it gets and how often it needs to be fed with special food. Slowly we will transfer these cares and abilities in our social relations. We become more and more aware of others. Visual contact with a beautiful plant makes us realize our own beauty.
Studies show more and more that taking care of plants can be the most efficient method to improve the physical and emotional general condition. They have a serene effect, they can reduce stress and relax muscles and therefore improve the mood of the people taking care of them are in.
Different studies have demonstrated that the existence of plants reduce mental exhaustion. When we are overwhelmed with work, we just have to look up for a couple of minutes to a plant and we’ll instantly feel more relaxed. In conclusion, plants fascinate and attract people, they break boredom and monotony generated by forced attention. The oxygen generated by plants creates a feeling of mental agility.
Some big plants placed on the right spot will help us insolate ourselves from annoying surrounding noises. The technique is the same as the one of hanging paintings in an empty room to minimize the echo effects. The thick leaves will absorb a part of the noises, including the sound of the phone, Xerox, printer or coffee maker, making these sounds a little bit friendlier.
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