Laugh in Flowers

Photo by Allef Vinicius

Photo by Allef Vinicius

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "The earth laughs in flowers." Did just reading that make you smile? I hope so, it always makes me happy.

Spring is here! Inviting us to slow down and enjoy its blossoms. Part of creating a world fueled by compassion is extending gratitude to all living things, including our planet. Every season, our earth brings us new colors, perfumes, pleasures. All it wants us to do is connect to it and enjoy.

Here are some ideas. Take a hike in nature, breathing in clean air from the fresh green leaves. Stop and smell a flower. Take a nap under a tree this Sunday (yes, its OK to still take naps). Get your garden books out and plan what you want to add this spring, even if it's just a few seedlings in a window box. Roll down a hill in a meadow like a kid again, letting stress roll off you. Help out in your community or school gardens. Wear a fun flowery dress or tie to work!  

Any intention that takes pleasure in our blooming planet. That way the season won't slip by before we look up from our busy lives to notice.

Now if you want a good springtime read, try The Language of Flowers: a novel by American author Vanessa Diffenbaugh. This story really touched me, and hope it does you too. Plus, the flower dictionary makes giving blooms so much fun. While reading - or really anytime you want to relax - try pouring yourself a cup of edible flower tea. Here's my go-to recipe. You'll laugh (in flowers, I hope) at how simple it is!
   
If we all extend little moments of compassion toward our beautiful earth, we take one big collective step forward to creating a world fueled by compassion