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Smile, It's Springtime!
The Morning Call (Allentown, PA), May 16, 2006
Spring is here and this is a reason for us to be joyful. During this season of growth we are blessed with warmer weather, longer days, chirping birds, and blossoming flowers.
Gardening is a seasonal activity enjoyed by many, and it has benefits on a smaller scale as well. Richard Carlson, Ph.D., author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and It’s all Small Stuff (1997, New York: Hyperion), states that “…nurturing a plant offers us an excellent opportunity to practice unconditional love.”
Carlson advises, “Select a plant, indoor or outdoor, that you will see every day. Practice taking care of and loving that plant as if it were your baby…
“After a short while, you’ll be able to extend your loving-kindness beyond your plant…Your plant can be a wonderful teacher – showing you the power of love”.
Copyright © 2006 by Sybil L. Holloway.
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