14 April 2009

GARDEN GATE: Flowers as Soul Medicine

In his book A NEW EARTH, Eckhart Tolle wrote about flowers as being ethereal--more spirit than most things.
He recommends a simple awareness exercise: Just sit and focus on a flower.

The fleeting nature of flowers teaches us by example.

I'm most apt to whip out my iPhone camera when I see lovely flowers, whether in a garden, in their natural habitat, or in a floral arrangement.

Photographs can't really do justice to flowers. Maybe one day when a computer brings up an image of a peony, the softwear will also replicate the flower's scent. Until then, stop to smell the roses. And the hyacinths. And the apple blossoms. And the lilies.

Luxurious arrangements in the lobby of the Ritz-Carleton Washington, D.C.

Pink lilies along a Sonoma Coast road in California.

A magnificent magnolia blossom I shot while on a walk in my neighborhood. It's always dicey for magnolias in Denver, but I understand there is a hardier version in yellow.

BELOW: An romantic arrangment from a hotel suite.

Tropical eye treats from an exhibition on Darwin's orchids in the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History.

If you like flowers, you'll like my blog! Wait 'til you see the blossoms and Spring bulbs to come.

FLOWERS are sunshine, food, and medicine to the soul. -- Luther Burbank

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