Photosynthesis is a balance of give and take, which is something I have had to learn to do for myself. I’m a giver and from an early age learned to give but rarely to take. I realise now that this can lead me to feel exhausted, irritable, and with a headache. Plants have no choice in the matter, if there isn’t enough light, enough water, or enough carbon, they cannot produce glucose and oxygen. There has to be a balance. Of course the same is true for humans. We too need balance. Humans who give and give until they break down can give no more. Their bodies demand care and attention. Can we learn from plants and other natural systems of balance how to take care of ourselves now before we crash? One way that we can nourish ourselves is by eating healthily, eating plants, literally taking the products of photosynthesis into our own bodies. We can also gain more balance by giving and receiving more like a plant. We can be more like a plant by sitting still, breathing, being in this moment only. In other words, practicing mindfulness. When we are mindful, we allow ourselves we feel the ebb and flow of life in our bodies. We then notice more readily ways we have become out of balance, and we can gently see how to right ourselves. By gently witnessing where our resistance is, we can either recognise and then dissolve the resistance or we can take calm steps towards changes that need to be made. The aim is to return to the same balance that a healthy plant expresses.