The Internet is filled with tips on improving your lot in life, but there really is not anything better to improve your lot than to sit back and start appreciating what you already have. Sometimes the best way to improve the way you think about what you have is to buy a piece of furniture garden and plant some seeds and watch them grow. It may sound silly, but when you are more comfortable with your life, your life is more likely to improve. This is more of a non-western strategy at attacking life, more of a hipster kick of tai chi in the park than a traditional western approach. But, sometimes putting down the surgical blade and picking up the gardening gloves in your life, as Voltaire advised in Candide, really makes a significant difference in a person’s life.
If you decide to approach your life naturally, supplementing your daily therapy sessions with relaxing moment in your furniture garden, you may find that you have done more to ensure the sanity of your mind in that one moment lounged next to your garden, than in the hundreds of psychological sessions your western doctor has suggested you to take. That is not to say a person’s life does not improve when western medicine plays a role, therapy can be very rewarding. It is, however, a person’s reflection on the progress they have made that prepares them for the progress they have yet to make.
Realizing that results of personal progress are not as easily attained as the act of merely sitting on a piece of furniture garden is a good thought to carry in your mind, but to think that one needs not reflect on the seeds they have planted, and the weeds they have let take over their garden is ignoring a fundamental truth. This fundamental truth, one that traditional Chinese medicine was very accustomed to, is simply this… neglecting a holistic approach to healing your mind and body only leads to a body and mind that are never truly healthy. Western medicine would do well to remember this.