If we look deep into nature, every living thing has something to teach us. Today, let’s use our imagination to contemplate five healing lessons that flowers can teach us, if we’re open to their wisdom.
“Not only are we in the universe, the universe is in us. I don’t know of any deeper spiritual feeling than what that brings upon me.” – Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Walking the spiritual path, to me, is all about connection–realizing that not only are we in the universe, but the universe is, amazingly, in us. Though this world makes clear that separation supersedes unity (how can two bodies be one?), there’s an underlying uniting current that breathes us all.
On some deeper level, there’s no true division. Though it might feel impossible to tap into that state in this kind of world, we all experience moments of deep connection, whether it’s with another person, with nature, with ourselves, with the present moment, or with the universe as a whole.
If we were to look deep into nature, for instance, we might see that each tree, animal, flower, and even pebble has a lesson to share. Life is a great lesson that’s constantly working to connect us with our true nature, with everything inside us and with all that we see around us.
These healing lessons are just a few gems we might gather when we start recognizing that there’s more to see than what’s on the surface. Even a little flower has something to say.
5 Healing Lessons from a Flower
1. Forgive those who tread on you.
In the words of Emily Byrnes: “I don’t need blood from anyone who wronged me; revenge is not a healing language.”
The healer’s gift is their own wound; it’s the source of empathy and compassion, an opening for the light to come in. When true healing arises, it speaks not of revenge, not of separation, but of connection, of a recognition of the one life breathing us all.“Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” – Mark Twain Click To Tweet
With forgiveness comes a certain freedom; it’s what we do with what’s been done to us that speaks volumes.
Even if we’ve been crushed, there is hope for another season of growth.
2. Grow wherever you’re planted.
No, you’re not actually a flower, and you were planted with the ability to move about at your own will. Embrace that freedom in its entirety, yet recognize that the place you stand in, while it may change form, is always the present moment.
You’re continuously being planted in the present moment, and it’s here you’re meant to be.Intend to be exactly where you are, and you'll always be where you're meant to be. Click To Tweet
Be in the present moment without thought of being elsewhere. If you can do this, you can be free. You can grow toward the light when you see the light–the hope, the possibility, the power–in where you stand.
Like a wildflower, you can grow, no matter the place.
3. Let yourself grow without toiling.
Strengthen your patience muscle. It takes a little time even for little things to bloom, but everything blooms right on time, in its own time. Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom, and yet they do.
It’s as if there’s an intimate trust in the natural intelligence that allows one petal at a time to open up to the sun; the flower doesn’t make it happen; it is fully surrendered to life.Nature does not hurry and yet everything is accomplished. – Lao Tzu Click To Tweet
Blossom first; the bee will come. You are right on schedule.
4. Retain an awe for the simple and humble things.
“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things,” as quoted in The Alchemist, “and only the wise can see them.”
Even a dandelion has its beauty, but can we see it? Can we walk past the tree and really see it, without thinking about what it’s called, how long it’s been alive, what it looked like last year, or who planted it?
Can you honor yourself in every season of your life, respecting the imperfections and understanding how amazing life really is underneath it all?
Paying attention to the essence of life underneath the form brings with it a gratefulness, a quality of abundance.
Although this life experience may be short, the life that’s breathing us all–every flower, every tree, every human, every form of life–is something that has no opposite. Every birth has its death, but life remains. We’re not as separate from the little flower as we appear to be.
Be in awe of that which enables you to contemplate your own existence, and appreciate the simple, extraordinary, gifts that are all around you, and inside you.
5. Don’t let the dirt stop you.
The dirt isn’t meant to keep you stuck in the dark–it’s how you grow into the next stage of your life experience. Like a flower, each of us must learn to grow through the dirt, and because of it.Every flower grows through dirt. We, too, need the dirt to bloom into who we're meant to be. Click To Tweet
Deep in your roots, keep the light of what’s possible for you. If you feel like you’re being buried, remember that it’s more likely you’re being planted for new growth.
Even on cloudy days, the sun shines and the flower follows its light.
Which of these healing lessons are you learning right now?
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You’re a wildflower. You’re meant to grow in all the places even you never thought you could.