|Plant in Yoon's Yoga Bliss lobby|
When it's dark and dreary outside, like it often is this time of year in Seattle, house plants can do wonders for one's mood. I don't have many house plants, but the ones I have make me so happy. I tend to select succulents. I think I was supposed to live in the desert because I gravitate towards all desert-type plants. That, or the tropics, as I am a big fan of palms and my favorite flower is plumeria.
I don't think I have a green thumb, but succulents and cacti are really hard to destroy. They seem to live through anything. It's one thing to live and quite another to thrive. My husband was once given a gift certificate to buy plants when he first opened his yoga studio. He bought three plants and I can't remember the names of any of them.
The one in the picture was so tiny when he bought it. I thought, how is that things going to survive being locked up in a yoga studio? But the dear plant proved us wrong! It looks like something that belongs in the Amazon. It's absolutely HUGE now and just keeps growing. My husband does not give it any fertilizer or anything. He waters it every now and then.
Whenever I go to yoga class and see this huge plant in the lobby of my huband's bright, sunny yoga studio, I suddenly feel happy and full of energy. It's "the little plant that could" to me. I never in my wildest imagination thought it would grow this much.
It's inspiring to me that it's thriving and so strong now. Some of the yoga students say it's from all the good energy in the studio. Often times, after a yoga class, I notice that all of our effort moving our bodies has actually fogged up the windows. This plant is getting all of that nice oxygen and we are producing it!
Plants that grow and thrive remind me that anyone of us can do the same despite any current situation we may be facing that seems trying or difficult. House plants add life to an otherwise "dead" winter where things are not growing or in bloom. House plants are second to pets. They are living entities that also need care and love, just like we do.
Do you have any house plants? What kinds do you have? Are they thriving? Do they make you happy?