earthTouch – Áine Lawlor – 8th September 2014

Aine Lawlor in her garden, Rathmines, Dublin on 8th September 2014

Aine Lawlor in her garden, Rathmines, Dublin on 8th September 2014

Aine Lawlor, broadcast journalist with RTE,photographed in her garden in Rathmines, Dublin on September 8th 2014

These hands have been inspired by their grandmother’s hands, growing roses and tending plants in her greenhouse. Grandmother’s hands were always busy, doing things, making things; productive hands.

Twelve years ago, life changed for these hands and they discovered a world of gardening that got life from the soil. With fingers in the earth, the hands escape from the busy world. They sow seeds, they grow vegetables, fruit and flowers too. The hands are curious, always learning and wanting to know more, new plants, new ways to grow.

It is through the soil that these hands find space as the focus and concentration shrinks, the world becomes a concentrated space, in the moment, the mind is full of the present. The hands forget all else, finding in nature, the beauty of a flower, the life in soil, the perfect antidote for stress; happiness for the

hands and happiness for the mind.