Friday, March 19, 2010
Recently, I wandered into a nursery, hoping to find a pot plant for my therapy room – something fairly hardy that can handle low lighting, changeable weather and occasional heartache.
Having found a likely looking candidate, I wanted to know a bit more about it.
‘Excuse me, will this plant grow very tall or will it stay fairly compact?’ I asked the gardener.
She turned and paused for a moment.
‘It’s limited by the size of the pot.’
I’m not sure if it was the way she said it, but somehow this statement seemed to mean a whole lot more than just plant sizes.
It started me wondering…
So what about your own ‘pot’?
How large a pot will you need for the kind of life you'd like?
What sized pot are you in now?
How might you like to grow?
Are there any areas you might like to prune?
Have you become stuck somehow, ‘root bound’ perhaps, in a situation where you feel you can’t live healthily anymore?
What might it take to un-bind you?
What could transplanting look like?
And what sized container do you tend to plant your dreams or expectations in? How much nourishment do you give them?
(... and yourself?)
In a way, therapy is all about looking into these kinds of questions about your life.
And it can be a way of becoming your own gardener...
(c) Gabrielle Gawne-Kelnar 2010