Medicine For Your Soul

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more hopeful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. Luther Burbank, botanist 

Living in southwest Florida, I’m surrounded by flowers year round—I know, I’m a lucky lady. Magnolias are rare, however, because of our soil. Never-the-less, I’m fascinated by their history. 

Magnolias are thought to be the oldest flowering plant on Earth dating back about 145 million years. They appeared just after the ferns and stood among the dinosaurs. Beetles served as their first pollinators since bees wouldn’t show up for about another 15 million years. There are over two hundred species and they come white, pale pink (as shown here), yellow, and deep magenta. 

Affirmation: Flowers are medicine for my soul!

Coaching questions: What is your favorite flower or flowering tree? When was the last time you took time (now is a really good time) to “smell the roses?”

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Photo by Christina DiBernardo on Unsplash

Looking Through the Eyes of a Martian

People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us. Iris Murdock, author

Here in the United States, it’s nearly summer and flowers are starting to bloom. Those first buds are the best, especially if the winter and spring were long and difficult. With so much flooding and tornados around the country, a sunny summer day filled with flowers will be a welcome relief.

I love imagining, as Murdock did, what flowers would look like from the viewpoint of a Martian. My guess is, they would be wondrous beyond words. Take a moment today to look outside and see your world with Martian eyes. See all that is blooming and have a sense of wonder beyond words.

Affirmation: I see my world with new eyes.

Coaching questions: What are you taking for granted in your life? What wonders of nature do you appreciate the most? What helps you stay in wonder mode? 

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Enjoy the Magic of Flowers

Flowers always make people better; happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. Luther Burbank, American botanist

Yesterday I took my out-of-town friends to Naples Botanical Gardens, a magical land of plants and flowers. Being there, we felt relaxed, happy, in tune with nature. Flowers truly are medicine for the soul.

If you’re living where it’s cold and snowy, take yourself to an imaginary garden. Look at photos of flowers, buy a blooming violet plant, or look through a seed catalogue. You’ll feel better about yourself and the world. 

Affirmation: Flowers feed my soul.

Coaching question: What will you do to let flowers work their magic on you? 

  1. IMG_2759.jpgI took this photo in the Orchid Garden.

The Power of Flowers

Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet. Jeremy Bentham, English philosopher, jurist, and social reformer (1748-1832)

I’m truly enjoying first-time novelist, Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s, book, The Language of Flowers. This coming of age story is of a girl growing up in the foster care system and what happens to her as she “ages out.”  For me, much of the story’s beauty also lies in what she discovers to be the Victorian tradition of using flowers to communicate feelings and how this shapes her life.

The idea that each flower has a profound meaning–or several–fascinates me and enhances my lifelong love of flowers. I’ve always believed that purchasing flowers at the grocery store is as important to your health and well-being as buying broccoli.

Affirmation: I embrace the power, meaning, and loveliness of flowers.

Coaching questions: What do flowers mean to you? Consider what it would mean to accept the idea that flowers adorning your table are as important to your well-being as broccoli on your plate.

IMG_1842.jpgA hibiscus from my Marco Island, FL yard. The giver of this flower acknowledges the receiver’s delicate beauty. It also means perfect wife or woman.