Dealing with Stress? Touch a Plant!

Dealing with Stress? Touch a Plant!

I heard on the radio last week that studies have shown that touching a live plant releases  stress and negative energy; or rather, the plant absorbs negative energy. Apparently, during research, some plants were reported to have even withered and died, despite receiving the proper amount of water and sunlight. The theory behind the inquiry was to demonstrate how anger, bitterness, suppressed emotion can cause physical illness in people, which isn’t exactly “news”, but the plants offer an interesting demonstration nonetheless.

It does sound like a load of baloney though, doesn’t it..? Touch a plant? So, having planned a day off yesterday, I thought I’d try it.

My day began with a meeting with a remarkable person who shares some interests of mine. Being done with that meeting with some time to spare, and feeling particularly elated by life in general, I decided to stop at Lifestyle Nursery, Randburg, and indulge in a Smooch ice cream and a little gander around the nursery.

Milo chocolate and Strawberry Nesquik flavour... is there any other way?
Milo chocolate and Strawberry Nesquik flavour… is there any other way?

Ok, so already I’m ruining the research. I’m supposed to be filled with negative energy, not elated by life and sugar-high on ice-cream.

Regardless, I strolled around, the sun on my shoulders, breathing in the fresh scents, listening to birds chirping and children playing, all the while gently fingering plants as I passed…
I thought of heartaches, offenses, disappointments as I walked, and quietly let them slip through my fingers onto the bobbing leaves and flowers around me.

I steered clear of the conifer section - they're known to be sensitive plants to start with - last thing I needed was to kill the whole lot with one 'negative touch'..
I steered clear of the conifer section – they’re known to be sensitive plants to start with – last thing I needed was to kill the whole lot with one ‘negative touch’..
Four for the price of one... I gave this rare rose four separate negative thoughts, one for each blossom.
Four for the price of one… I gave this rare rose four separate negative thoughts, one for each blossom.
This one caught my eye for it's rare colouring.
This one caught my eye for it’s unique colouring, and serrated edges.
A bunny...? How'd that get in here?  Mr. Bunny didn't absorb any negativity, but gave me lots of joy...!
A bunny…? How’d that get in here?
Mr. Bunny didn’t absorb any negativity, but gave me lots of joy…!

Maybe there’s something to it, all this plant-touching hocus pocus. It makes me think of the movie, Avatar. I’ve always loved Avatar’s idea of a planet where the land, the plants, the trees and animals and people are all interconnected, inter-dependent, one relying on the other to survive… all the planet’s life forms feeling pain as one.

I wonder though, how far off is that idea? I’m not suggesting that trees have emotions, before you call the nice men in white coats. I am only speculating that there is more to this earth than meets the eye… That maybe when God put Adam into the gardens and instructed him work the land, He had more than one reason for that. Could it be, that when God created such diverse beauty across mountains, hills, plains and ocean, He had us in mind; that He intended for this earth to be a magnificently divine anti-stress resource?

A resource that we’ve forgotten how to use, it seems.

Do plants absorb negative energy? Oh, I don’t know.

I only know that nature gave me a gift yesterday. A “reboot”. A clean(er) slate. I highly recommend a “walk in the park”, if you’re feeling low, anguished or stressed out. You may not find life’s answers, but somewhere in the greenery, drifting on the fresh air and rolling off the leaves in the morning dew, you might find reprieve, a gift of peace placed there by the Creator, for anyone who takes the time to receive it.

So my advice? Do it… Touch a plant!

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