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Blossoms To Discover Peace and Joy

Orchid buds

Early on in my blogging practice I wrote a post about how much I love flowers.  They speak to me with their simple and profound beauty.  They amaze me with their fragrance and sexy spirits. Flowers are a part of so many rituals, traditions and practices in our lives. I know I am modest photographer, yet I wanted to share my Easter Orchid which has been part of my morning healing practice.   Flowers cause us to remember and now they console me.

Free Columbine

Today, I did my morning practice and deep breathing around the Columbine blooming all over my yard.  The deep purple and light pink are free spirits and just pop up indiscriminately in the garden beds and sidewalk cracks.  I sat and watched them move in the breeze and thought of the Columbine Shootings.


Red Columbine 2012

I moved to where the sun was breaking through the clouds and saw the lovely Red Lady and I sent energy and compassion to the people in Seattle who experienced a fatal shooting of 6 people in the University District this week by a young man trapped within a mental illness.  The tears were fresh.

Memorial Columbine

The Memorial Columbine was planted to remember a young mother kindergarten teacher whose husband thought her joy and popularity was the work of the devil and ended her life and then his own. How can a religion be so full of hate and woe?
I thought about the hate promoting Baptists coming to town this week to demonstrate because of our Marriage Equality decisions – at a local high school.  I will cheer on the students who have designed a program of anti-bullying and tolerance within their school.

Columbine 2

I wanted to dance free so sought out the dainty ballerina in the bunch and rejoiced in her petticoats of white and by now the gentle wind touch was becoming an enthusiastic breeze of delight.

Yellow Columbine

This bright beacon remains  tossed in the wind as the sun disappears behind the grey – more rain.


I need flowers to bring me home, console, delight, remember, ground and progress, how do flowers play a part in your living?

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20 Responses to “Blossoms To Discover Peace and Joy”

  1. rob white Says:

    Wonderful Patricia. Just reading this had a great calm fall over me. What peace! When we look at a blossoming flower, we can recognize our own unique perfection. When we look in the mirror, we also want to recognize our unique perfection. When you cannot see your own unique perfection, we’re participating in the act of self-corruption. We’ve been taught to appreciate the unfolding of a flower; and we can all do well to appreciate our own incredible unfolding.
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    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you for your kind words. It took me a number of days to write this post and edit…I wanted to just say the right thing about peace – and my feelings about weeding out the hate.

    It is a memorial to a number of people/events and my feelings

  2. Talon Says:

    I love that flowers will always be just what they are. And to take the moments to appreciate that and honor that they are just what they are is life-affirming. There is so much negativity in the world that finding pockets of peace is critical, even essential, I think, to finding a way to soldier on against the cruelty and insanity and senseless horrors that surrounds us on a daily basis.

    I love columbines, too, Patricia. I love looking into their segmented blooms. There are whole other worlds inside a flower blossom.
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    Patricia Reply:

    You share such gorgeous flower pictures and life and nature and birds…and exquisite photographs…
    Yes they are just what they are and that is so centering…and they keep coming back to us

  3. vered | Blogger for Hire Says:

    Beautifully written! I love watching my roses bloom each year in the spring.
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    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you – I had so many feelings it was truly hard to bring them together – then came the peace

  4. J.D. Meier Says:

    I can see how your flowers lift you. They are bright.

    I like the sites and sounds when my neighborhood is in full bloom.
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    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you for your good words – always brings light and bloom to me

    With all the grey skies, the flowers have made a commanding appearance this spring and that I find grounding

  5. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    This was like being bathed in a flower petal meditation – thank you! I’m off to Tweet this now.

    Patricia Reply:

    Thanks for the tweet – greatly appreciated.

    It was a lovely meditation and felt so wonderful to be outside and finding beauty

  6. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia!
    Flowers make me smile – always. I’m in awe of how they unfold in such beauty – no brains, no planning, and absolutely no excuses – they just do what they are supposed to do, what they were created to do. Thanks for sharing your lovely garden. The flowers in my garden keep me in a sense of awe and wonderment. I am humbled by their beauty and perfection but most of all their “knowing”. :)
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    Patricia Reply:


    flowers are just a magnificent gift and I just love the no excuses part – today we are having our first rose bloom and some surprise sunshine….spirits graced and lifted for sure

  7. Katherine Says:

    That’s strictly my opinion. I know I have asked people before in my coaching…how will you know when you reach this goal…this feeling you say you seek…and they respond – I don’t know. And, that becomes part of my job…helping them find what that does feel like for them so they can duplicate the feeling or the process.

    Patricia Reply:

    That is a huge job…and how do we know we have reached the goal.

    About a dozen haters to about 1,000 who went to the peace rally and bought T shirts….I think that was success and truly rallied by the students.

    I am just sorry that the haters left to demonstrate in the city during the funeral service for the woman randomly killed by the mentally ill fellow there. They did not make the news, thankfully, but I think they truly upset a grieving family
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  8. Chris Edgar Says:

    I can imagine it would give me some perspective to look at something like the flowers in your yard and reflect on how, totally unaffected by everything that goes on in the human world, the flowers continue to grow and beautify everything around them.
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    patricia Reply:

    They are here for beauty and clean air! Very exciting and they have a long held tradition.

    We had a lovely crab-apple tree in the yard that bloomed with stunning grace – but it has been affected by what is around it. The pollution from the cars passing by turned it toxic and it started rotting from inside out and lost all its leaves.

    Some years we have free columbine, some years not?

  9. Thalia Says:

    I actually love flowers and I can say that some people can be very inspired when they see any beautiful flowers around… These are even lovely!
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    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you and I am glad you stopped by.
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  10. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. love the photos and your thoughts for lost souls – I too love the abundance of early Spring and Summer – we have greenery here in the rented flat .. but at least it’s quiet! Cheers Hilary

    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you for the kind word on the photos, my hands are so shaky I never know if it will just be a blur. I had to take many shots to get these and then I think IT Girl helped them too!

    Yes quietly is good. Peaceful
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