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Virtual Green Healing


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I’ll get to explaining the title of this post in a minute, but first, a little preamble is called for.

While I’ve been laying low in the background for a few months, I’ve been silently enjoying reading my favorite blogs (Dogkisses) and Green Healing Notes, along with a ton of books. If you’re a regular reader here at IconDoIt, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve mentioned Dogkisses several times and that the author of those two blogs is also a frequent commenter here. So what’s that all about, you might ask?

One of the greatest serendipities of writing a blog and commenting on blogs other than your own, is that you have the opportunity to come to know people from around the globe with whom you already have something in common (an interest in the subject of a particular post commented on). Now, the odds are pretty dang slim of that happening as you go about your daily routine and encounter previously unknown people at work, at the grocery store, etc. even if you are one of the rare folks who actually speaks to strangers! And when you find yourself commenting and/or receiving comments on more than one posting from the same person, you start to get to know them a bit and after a while, may find yourself communicating with them “off blog” and developing a deep friendship. For someone like myself, who has extremely limited face-to-face contact with anyone in the world beyond my front door, such opportunities and friendships are valuable beyond compare. This is how I first met and became friends with “Lady Dogkisses” (whom I’ll refer to as LDK for the sake of brevity).

From the outside looking in, it might appear that LDK and I have very little in common. I’m close to 20 years older, live in an upscale suburb of a large city on the north coast of Ohio while she lives in the mountains of North Carolina and struggles just to get by. Our ethnic backgrounds and religious upbringing couldn’t be more different and we have entirely different work backgrounds, skills and hobbies. But what we DO have in common is how we have reacted to the tragedies, outrages, and challenges in our lives; the basic principles that guide our decisions and actions; a strong spiritual connection with the earth and sky; and a tendency to want (and make our best attempts to) bring comfort to everyone who hurts and cure the world’s ills. Of course, this latter trait – which is an impossible task to ever fully accomplish, thus we are always feeling badly for our “failures” – often gets played out at the expense of our own personal best interests. And that’s why we need each other to remind us to give ourselves permission every once in a while to escape from our self-appointed burdens to pamper ourselves with some free time to “play” or do nothing at all, get some uninterrupted sleep, and have a few relaxed good meals with enjoyable company. Now THAT’s my definition of a “real” friend!

So now back to the title of this post, “Virtual Green Healing”. For several months now, Dogkisses has been writing a series of posts centered around the concept of “Green Healing” which is a way of cleansing oneself from all of the chaos of the man-made world and getting back to the core of our spirit through working with the earth, planting and growing, and taking the time to breathe in and breathe out along with the land and the creatures who inhabit it and make it work. LDK has embarked on a project to facilitate this Green Healing through volunteering, along with her adult son, in a horticulture program for folks with special needs. Now, I love a beautiful flower garden and eating fruits and vegetables fresh picked each day but its’ been over a dozen years since I’ve been physically been able to participate in that process and more than 20 years since I actually had the time, and even then, I never did have much of a green thumb. But my lack of gardening skills and infirmities have never gotten in the way of my love of nature and, in fact, one of the strongest images in my mind when I engage in guided imagery exercises to deal with chemotherapy and pain, is of walking in the woods along the Skyline Drive in Virginia on a clear, cool autumn day. I can just smell that clean air and hear the crunching of dried leaves beneath my feet and the honking of flocks of geese and ducks soaring way above the trees. And it is with this same imagination that I am taken into the garden alongside my friend and her son, whenever I read the latest posts on her blog and I feel myself healing right along with them. (Thanks LDK for sharing your experiences and letting me tag along for the ride!)


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5 thoughts on “Virtual Green Healing

  1. My dear friend, You have infused my heart with love.

    Each day is a new day and I must say they aren’t getting easier. I’ve wondered how in the world I’ll keep my head up and have a good attitude. The only way I think I can continue is to keep my attention on the moment, which this post somehow reminds me that I must. Thank you for reading, caring and now for sharing about our Green Healing adventures.

    I enjoyed so much your recalling the beginning of our friendship; one which is mighty dear to my heart and that I hope lasts forever. I also hope that we’ll meet at your front door soon, share a meal and simply sit together and talk.

    I love your description of Green Healing. I may borrow your words as they are so right on! Thank you Leslie!

    In this moment I feel renewed. You have passed along a ‘Virtual Green Healing’ and I am grateful. On that note, when the day is difficult, I’ll remind myself of your friendship and when I feel down, I’ll remember that I have a wonderful friend in you. I often think of our conversations and the lack of judgement and awesome amount of support you have offered me. You are a very special person. I am both lucky and blessed to call you my friend.

    I love the images in your post, esp., that head of Lettuce! You’ll be in my thoughts today, as we go tend the gardens and tomorrow when we are with the Horticulture Therapy group.

    Your friend, LDK ;)

  2. Reblogged this on Dogkisses's Blog and commented:
    From IconDoIt, the blog!
    My very dear friend, Leslie, has generously honored me and the ‘Green Healing’ journey that I’ve been sharing in my blogs with her post, Virtual Green Healing. Thank you Leslie!

    I encourage you to visit Leslie’s interesting blog, which is full of unique (and free) Icons. Leslie is a gifted artist. She also has a Zazzle store, which I adore! Leslie designed my Dogkisses’s Gravatar (the cute dog with red lips), as well as one of my most precious pieces of art, “The FenceSitter.” She is an amazing survivor, with an attitude that has always inspired and moved me to be the best I can be. Thank you again Leslie!

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