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Cultivating the Earth Can Be Therapeutic for Infertility

a blog by Krissi McVicker, May 29, 2012

There's something quite primal about planting, about getting your hands in the dirt and helping something to grow. And, when dealing with infertility, it can be quite therapeutic.

This past weekend, I was planting impatiens to beautify my yard, to add a little something else to the many flowering and non-flowering plants in my neighborhood and beyond. And, while calming music played through my living room window and the smell of fresh dirt mixed with a fresh breeze heightened my senses, I felt connected. Connected to the earth that doesn't take very much to be lush and fertile. Just add a little sun, water, a small plant, seed or seedling, and some fresh dirt, and just about anything will grow.

Not so easy for the unfortunate infertile population however. We need quite a few more ingredients, special procedures and lot more TLC. Our bodies should be so naturally fertile, just as most of the earth is. But, just like a desert or tundra plant adapts to their harsh conditions, we must also adapt among the fertile world around us to be able to grow and cultivate a family. It is disheartening. But just like some seedlings find a way, we can also find a path, a path that can take us to a resolution.

While you may have a lot of impatience right now as you endure infertility, go plant some impatiens. They are quite a hearty plant (and love the shade), even if you don't have the greenest thumb. They will flower 'til the first frost. You may have some harsh conditions within yours or your partner's body that make it nearly impossible to grow a baby without help, but it's possible to grow some life outside of your body. Get in your garden and enjoy the everyday miracles around you that are just waiting for a little cultivation.

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