I was so angry with humanity last night and this morning that, despite being embraced by Nature’s glorious gifts, it took me a while to calm down. I attribute crowded beaches to the processes of Darwinism, but I cannot understand why so many use violence and privilege to put others down, based on superficial appearances and subjective ideas of their own superiority. The shame kills a little part of me every time.
I spent a long day outside today – first a full day at Joy Creek, and then a two-hour consultation. Including drive time, it was a 12-hour day. Yes, I was tired when I got home, but the gloom that was so hard to shake this morning, was gone. Soil contains bacteria called Mycobacterium vaccae. Working in soil stirs up these micro-particles, that have the same effect on our brains and sense of wellbeing. Now, I would mostly attribute my mental recovery to spending the day in a friendly, beautiful and nonjudgmental place, but I’m sure M. vaccae helped as well. It’s scientifically declared a natural equivalent of Prozac. Plants and gardening has become the checks and balances that keep me and so many others going through these maddening and stressful times. For that I am SO thankful. No wonder gardening is on the rise – we NEED it!