In case you hadn’t noticed, I am obsessed with flowers. I have been obsessed with flowers since I was a small child. In fact, a few years ago when I was able to have my own property to grow a garden, I abandon vegetable gardening and dove into the joy of growing cut flowers that bring me joy, beauty and peace.
Flowers express one of life’s mysteries. Starting with flower seeds, there is the astonishing mystery of how a seed knows how to bloom into what it was meant to blossom to be. A sunflower knows how to be a tall radiant yellow orb while a tiny poppy seed knows how to blossom into a blooming red papery flower. Both produce food and medicine for humans. Both grow an abundance of seed to sow for next year’s garden. Nature does everything with generous abundance. Nature does nothing needlessly.
This makes me ponder why humans struggle to blossom into who we naturally are and express their innate gifts in the world. Humans however are often planted into the soil of family and culture that are less than optimal. Just like planting a sunflower into poor soil in the shade and then being upset that it didn’t grow, parents often don’t see a child’s innate gifts. A sensitive child is born into a family that shames them and tells them not to be so sensitive – this leads to anxiety and depression. An athletic child is diagnosed of having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder rather than being setup in an academic environment that supports his need for movement.
When we connect to our authentic self, we can grow a garden of joy and peace in our life. We can use the compost of our past to harvest bouquets of beauty. We can fully express our gifts to others and the world.
Someone once said to me that FLOWERS are the Eyes of God/dess– the all presence eyes of the divine seeing the divine in each of us and the world through the eyes of joy.