Flowers are magical. A gift from mother nature. Many with vibrant colors, others in soft shades and, all with their own aromatic scents. All of us beings are, like flowers, with a shared growth and blooming cycle.
“The flowers of a phalaenopsis orchid usually bloom for several months, and the plant can be pollinated again during this period. It can take anywhere from 9 to 14 months for an orchid to complete a life cycle. If it does not die, it can typically re-bloom once every 8 to 12 months” (www.justaddiceorchids.com).
I write this piece recognizing the orchid as a symbol of our existence in our present life while living on Mother Earth. I believe orchids represent moments when we sit with ourselves, process, grow, and understand the expression of our blooms. Along with our personal journeys that intertwine with other orchids.
Two years ago, I found two non-blooming orchids at my work. They had been pushed aside and forgotten about. They had no blooms, and the roots were very dry. I thought to myself, many individuals here in California give orchids to others when their blooms are vibrant. Note, I have been one of those individuals. I then asked myself, “what do most people do with the orchids after they have finished blooming? Do most people tend to their veins, their roots in plans to have them bloom again?” I decided I was going to nurture these two orchids and have them bloom again. With attention and intention, I nurtured and encouraged them.
Our growth from childhood into puberty and on into adulthood makes me wonder: “how many times did we bloom over these years? How many flower blooms were revealed at each blooming birth? What did our blooms represent?” Our blooms are from our experiences from the lessons in our lives. The experience of heartache, joy, grief, education, success, appreciation, forgiving, failing, understanding, acceptance and love. We ebb, flow, wilt, bloom, become dry and in moist times we bloom again. Sometimes, slower, and other times faster. Our very own blooming cycles yet shared cycles with other beings.
During this time of Covid, our growing cycle continued. We had to have a mindful inhale and exhale behind our mask. Thoughtfulness to the placement of our fingers and hands. Considering six feet distancing from one another. Most importantly, keeping contact with our friends and loved ones on a virtual and telephone plane.
“Life is hard, how can we be anything kind” Buddha. I appreciate this quote.
Be kind to yourself.
Embrace your intention and maintain a kind attitude to carry on in your journey.
Be kind to others.
When you bloom, appreciate, and recognize yOUR blooming success.
Mental Wellbeing. Spiritual. Women’s Empowerment.
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