Friday, May 14, 2010
Lessons from the Flowers Number One
These tea roses were LOUD! And a little crazy, with their almost obscene profusion of blooms. They're are a vibrant pink, darker than the ones pictured above. They're almost hot pink! Their petals are wide open, revealing the crowns of gold in their centers. Their lovely generosity reminds me of children when they fling open their arms and invite you into them for a hug. "STOP!!!" the tea roses say to me, insistently. "Look at us! Aren't we grand? Smell us!" And I do. I lean into them and their sweetness rushes my senses, and they seem to sigh, contented.
I know it's cliche to, "take time to smell the roses." But it became a cliche because bears a common truth. Today I learned to stop. The world won't cease it's turning, and I can discover, no experience the exquisite joy of creation, including the beauty and amplitude of the creation that is me, body and soul.
Today, I'm beginning my gentle detox. No chemicals. Whole foods, mostly plants. Lots of water and green tea, though I'm still taking my medicine. I will stop and rest when I must. The flowers gave me permission to. I think I'll listen to them.