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The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature

The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature

Written by Sue Stuart-Smith

Narrated by Sue Stuart-Smith


The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature

Written by Sue Stuart-Smith

Narrated by Sue Stuart-Smith

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4.5/5 (30 ratings)
Length:
11 hours
Released:
Jul 7, 2020
ISBN:
9781797113098
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Description

A distinguished psychiatrist and avid gardener offers an inspiring and consoling work about the healing effects of gardening and its ability to decrease stress and foster mental well-being in our everyday lives.

The garden is often seen as a refuge, a place to forget worldly cares, removed from the "real" life that lies outside. But when we get our hands in the earth we connect with the cycle of life in nature through which destruction and decay are followed by regrowth and renewal. Gardening is one of the quintessential nurturing activities and yet we understand so little about it. The Well-Gardened Mind provides a new perspective on the power of gardening to change people's lives. Here, Sue Stuart-Smith investigates the many ways in which mind and garden can interact and explores how the process of tending a plot can be a way of sustaining an innermost self.

Stuart-Smith's own love of gardening developed as she studied to become a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. From her grandfather's return from World War I to Freud's obsession with flowers to case histories with her own patients to progressive gardening programs in such places as Rikers Island prison in New York City, Stuart-Smith weaves thoughtful yet powerful examples to argue that gardening is much more important to our cognition than we think. Recent research is showing how green nature has direct antidepressant effects on humans. Essential and pragmatic, The Well-Gardened Mind is a book for gardeners and the perfect read for people seeking healthier mental lives.

Released:
Jul 7, 2020
ISBN:
9781797113098
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

About the author

Sue Stuart-Smith is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist who took her degree in English literature at Cambridge before qualifying as a doctor and a psychiatrist. She taught at The Tavistock Clinic in London and worked for the National Health Service in Hertfordshire. She is married to Tom Stuart-Smith, the famous garden designer, and together they have created the wonderful Barn Garden in Hertfordshire. She is the author of The Well-Gardened Mind.


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  • (5/5)

    5 people found this helpful

    The book is certainly a powerful and vivid type of book that delves into the psychological benefit of our natural world. It’s no wonder that most of our ancient civilizations and cultures had an intricate connection to nature. I concur with the authors argument that we have indeed become separated from nature, and consumed in a world of screens.

    It resonates with me because of how I enjoyed running outdoors and allowing my imagination to go free, without any worry or anxiety. While I have an immense appreciation of nature hikes and walks, I’ll probably consider doing volunteer work with a gardening project. This is a book that can start oneself on the path to tend not only the physical natural gardens around us, but also the garden of our minds.

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  • (5/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    Beautiful work. Coming from a different country and in times of COVID I often have felt like a transplant that doesn't quite fit and that is growing under tons of stress yet grounding roots into this new soil. Gardening is another language much more loving and understanding than English.

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  • (5/5)

    2 people found this helpful

    A perfectly written masterpiece that is beautifully painted by an amazing artist.

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