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Is Wild Gardening a good approach (Psychological point of view)?

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In recent years, there has been a growing trend, particularly in urban areas, to allow public gardens to become wild and untamed. Advocates of this approach highlight the benefits of biodiversity, low maintenance, and the beauty of nature.

From a psychological perspective, a wild inner garden holds both positive and negative aspects:

The Positive:

  • Self-Exploration and Growth: It encourages self-discovery and personal growth by allowing spontaneous exploration of our thoughts, emotions, and beliefs.
  • Embracing Complexity: It acknowledges the complexity of our inner landscape, fostering self-acceptance and integration of light and shadow aspects.
  • Cultivating Freedom: It liberates us from self-imposed limitations, societal pressures, and encourages living in alignment with our true values.

The Pathological:

  • Lack of Structure: A wild garden may lack structure and organization, making it challenging to maintain focus and achieve specific goals.
  • Neglecting Responsibilities: An excessive focus on exploring the wild aspects of our inner garden may lead to neglecting important responsibilities in our personal and professional lives.
  • Difficulty in Decision-Making: With an abundance of possibilities and perspectives, making decisions can become challenging, leading to indecisiveness and a lack of clarity.

So, should we let our inner garden run wild or not?

The answer lies in finding a balance between creativity and structure, responsibility and freedom.

Striving for balance is essential for a stable mind and can be achieved through practices like meditation, active imagination, art therapy, and mandala work…

Waking up, Cleaning up, Growing up are the keys to a healthy physical and spiritual life.

If you are interested in awareness, growing and shadow work, don’t hesitate to contact me.

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