Flowers and Vegetables for this gorgeous Bank Holiday Weekend: Turning a Facebook Fantasy into reality by digesting the real beauty of the challenges we hide behind those pictures

Beloved Flower Lover,

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We are in the business of presenting the best of ourselves to the world. We love to see beauty,  joy and happiness. We share in it and spread love that way.

But, but but… we hear you say…

Sometimes it’s also important to acknowledge that we are not all Facebook ready. That the flowers are wilting and …..well you can fill in your story here.

It’s Bank Holiday in the UK this weekend and we have already seen lot’s of stunning posts. Yet when we have conversations with people, they talk about what’s really going on behind the scenes.

The box of medicine, the lack of sexual passion, the lack of money, the lack, the lack, the lack….. and more of the lack……

They show us their doubts in themselves, when they feel they may have been the cause of something terrible, where they want to change something important, when they just are in the plain old deep freeze of denial….we listen quietly.

Floristry is abut real people, real lives, real love. And that means knowing they are much more than what they present….so let’s take our time on this journey….together!

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Some of us are posting gorgeous happy pictures on Facebook. And behind the scenes really struggling with health and so much more.

Well, you if you are regulars here, you know that at our heart we are interested in transformation and using beauty for that. Hence the Flowers .

This set of photos are really composed for those who want to do something differently. They know they have invested in being misreable and they can see what the result is. Now they may want to explore giving thanks for the real hard core challenges in our lives.

Yes, they know about the whirlpools of emotions. The shocks, the horrors, the reluctance to move on, from reluctance and the losses. The unrecognised shocks and so much more.

Now they are interested in exploring a different approach. Even if its an experiment.

These pictures are for the challenges that give us the chance to go deeper and recall who we really are.

These flowers are for those challenges, those things we don’t want to talk about. For those situations that we did not ask for and want to ignore, deny, fight, bargain with or just begin to start talking about after being shocked into silence.

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We have created these to help you to rest, reflect and digest where you are at.

Yes we are into ‘Creative Conversations’.

Why?

Using ‘Creative Conversations’ can help us to figure out what is eating at us. To find out what we are hungry for. ‘Creative Conversations’ using flowers and vegetables both give us the chance to ‘digest’ and ‘convert’ that energy of joy and beauty.  Plus the good minerals and chlorophyll are turned into physical power that can help us digest our situations.

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Now that’s the real reason and power behind smiling as one is really feeling the hardship of the challenge. For giving thanks for the difficult, challenging parts of our lives that we sometimes want to hide.  They can help us to retrieve our own energy, which we can then take to make a decision to turn a situation around from it’s current direction.  But only if you are interested to experiment with it. Not pushing this at all. It’s a suggestion, that’s all.

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This tip comes to us from all the spiritual traditions around the world as a truism. Yes, truisms that go back as far as the Pert Em Hru. We hear them from all sorts of people around us and just smile as we share.

Trusims like Peace, and Oneness enable us to create safe, peaceful spaces. An environment where we can learn from those challenges.

Flowers and vegetables are a superb gentle part of soothing anyone’s  ‘creative conversation tool kit’ .  Helping you, us,  practise smiling and exploring your own appreciation of  ‘really uncomfortable situations’, using the universal principles of peace and oneness. Yes, they are guides  as you, we feel back into becoming at peace with the ‘whole’ of your being.

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Flowers and vegetables The London Flower Lover Collage

 

Show up at your whole gorgeous self and enjoy the fire of feeling the passion of being so alive!

 

 

We love you,

The Team

The London Flower Lover

p.s. Now consider your situation, consider how can we it has come to you to show you how to be one with all. Then thank it for why it is showing you about you today.

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Flowers, Idealism and Gratitude Journaling

Beloved Flower Lover,

“Bricking it, bricking it, I am absolutely bricking it”… she kept muttering…

“What do you do when he is actually behaving how you have always wanted?”

“Now I might actually have to sort out wedding stationary?”

Her eyes flickered, searching us for an answer.

“Every time I had been rejected before I just renamed it, and believed it was mentoring me.  That it was a form of mentorship that enabled me to reshape my passions more deeply. I had felt that that was normal, just working hard, never really having what I wanted, but being very sincere…But now he has actually been behaving just as I wanted-heck”

We replied with a breathing pause.

Then…

“It’s a month away from the summer solstice”… we all turned away and breathed out our passion, working with flowers and doing all what we do… What had you planted in your inner self at the Winter Solstice?”

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She looked tingly…..hot….volcanic.

She looked at the flowers around us.

“Hero’s make journeys outwards and heroines make journeys inwards”….”maybe those inner seeds have now emerged”.

She seemed to tense and then melt like a falling feather, quietly touching the ground of a woodland.

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“Sometimes just acknowledging that you have received all you want is the greatest act of love. Like marriage, it’s about reciprocity.”

We gave her some paper, a pen and invited her to just start writing a gratitude journal.

We paused

Where would you like to go?

Just pause

“Thank every thing you did not want to happen and notice what it has given you in return”.

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What you want, want’s you too. All of you, the dark and your light.  A new normal!

The Team,

 

The London Flower Lover

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Flowers and Entrepreneurs with a Soulful Heart

Beloved Flower Lover,

As floral entrepreneurs who come from the heart we wanted to share creative and successful entrepreneur Marie Forelo who decribes her odyssey as she felt she wanted to ‘light up’ her  love for creativity and business. We felt her phrase ‘multi passionate entrepreneur’,  might inspire other heart centered . Her style, a bit zany and loving up the beauty of the environment was just up our street. We love her, we trust you might continue to enjoy what we do here and Marie’s approach to buiness.

We love looking at timeless, classical principles of life, classic business principles to serve and how flowers can reflect the beauty of all of that.

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The Team,

The London Flower Lover

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Curious Cat and Orange Gerbera

Beloved Flower Lover,

Remain curious, experience one picture and enjoy how rich just one picture of a curious cat and flowers can be.

Slow down, settle down and be satisfied.

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The London Flower Lover

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21 Days of Self Care using Flowers: What next?

Beloved Flower Lover,

So much feedback has come to us and we feel honoured that we have been able to connect with you this way. We feel so lucky to recieve emails from you and we thank you for staying in the conversation, because ultimately it has been a conversation about acknowledging our true nature which is ‘heaven on earth’.

We have been drafting, re-drafting and pondering about what to say to you next. This conversation can be so slippery because sometimes it seems weird, yet others seem to recognise this so we continue.

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music: Nietzsche

After this quote came to mind we considered questions like,

Why was this 21-day Self-Care Bootcamp important now?

What did it bring up for you?

What part of your heart relationships did it stir the most or not at all?

 

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Instead of us writing immediately, we spent more time with flowers and listening to our inner thoughts. Listening to the tone and intention of our inner thinking around the feelings of self care and it’s opposites.  Listening to friends and clients we noticed so much effort was put into ‘mastering’ and ‘improving’ self. Often ‘mastering’ and ‘improving’ a self who we don’t even know yet.  Giving and receiving flowers, to just enjoy each others company is really the point of what we do. Because we are florists who want you to get the most out of your emotional relationships, we decided to ask you what you want next from this 21-day self care bootcamp using flowers.

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The London Flower Lover

The London Flower Lover

Flowers are not the middleman to you self care, they are only a guide, a sort of pointer to help you appreciate the inner direction your emotions are really pointing you to.

Yes there is an element of mystery to this, but we have learnt to use flower to help you to figure out the map.

Now, if you have no flowers to surround yourself with, that’s fine.  If you do, then that to is fine. If you give flowers to express your love that’s fine. If not, that’s fine.  Yes this floristry work acknowledges your emotional stage. No enemy. It’s just about opening up to heart.

We offer this video from the dearly departed ‘thought leader’, Debbie Ford, to help to integrate the shadow. To bring love to all which within us is opposite to love, peace and joy. For us, this Self Care Bootcamp is a journey, and using flowers is really about settling into the ‘feelings’ that we want to have right here and now. Whilst acknowledging that it could be ok with the thoughts we don’t want.

We feel bad and we think that we or someone else has to do something about it. Either by getting flowers or something else.  Anyway…we are glad to help us all to be stronger around navigating the emotional map that the giving and receiving of flowers reflects. To be aware of the link  between the formless and the practical. Hence why we have used ‘thought leaders’ to assist you to check into your own heart, which is in itself your natural compass. So essentially we are all about who and what we are as people and we use flowers to help us to play with our creativity.

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Without exception our hearts can create so much more as we open up to a self care agenda. That includes if we feel like we are ‘stupid’ for using flowers. As long as we open back up to our creative childlike potential we have bloomed.

 

The Team,

 

The London Flower Lover

p.p. s. The birthing of the 21-day Self-Care Programme was jointly inspired by conversations with Core Success, Mentoring and Training for Women: Manchester

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Day 21: 21 Day Self Care Bootcamp using flowers

Beloved Flower Lover,

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Congratulations for reaching day 21.The final day is here. You have reached day 21 of the 21 day self care bootcamp using flowers.

Today we would like you to go right back to day 1 of the bootcamp and review the notes and flower projects you have completed.  Then give yourself a massive hug as you notice how much you have achieved so far.

 

So what does the last day mean to you?

This is a journey, little tiny steps made it happen. And you have grown so much in such a short period of time.

If we each aspire to be the best versions of ourselves possible, and recreate our selves in tiny tiny tiny steps, that then brings with it a joy and confidence in who and what we are. And as we create these tiny little steps we then become the change we want to see in the world.

When we imagine our dream we start by loving what we are in this moment.  Gentle. Just being there. Soft. So today, move forward from a foundation of self-acceptance and you will enjoy this journey. And  with each flower you see,  with each flower you give to yourself , with each flower that you share with others, know that it is an affirmation of self-love.

Well done. You have now completed 21 days of self care using flowers. Continue to enjoy.

The Team,

The London Flower Lover

p.s. if you fund this useful, please let us know what you might like to do next?

p.p. s. The birthing of the 21-day Self-Care Programme was jointly inspired by conversations with Core Success, Mentoring and Training for Women: Manchester

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Day 20: 21 Self Care Bootcamp with Flowers

Beloved Flower Lover,

Welcome to Day 20 of the Self Care Bootcamp with Flowers. Day 20 is about letting go of self help and accepting yourself in self love.

Yes, we have been using flowers in different ways to help you to open up. We have used flower mandalas, flower bathing, flower teas, invited you to set up your own flower altar and surround yourself with beauty.  All of this has been in service of you giving birth to the real beautiful image of yourself. The real you. To support you to put together the pieces that assist you to tie you back to who you really are. Your own answers.

Each post, has been used to inspire you rather than just talk at you. To open you up so you can imagine re-imagining your life. An hey, well done. We have all got this far.

We wanted today to be about being really upfront about not waiting to be perfect, but to accept yourself as you are right now. This bootcamp has been about self love, self compassion and  not waiting to consider yourself as fine. Today we are focusing on accepting ourselves just as you are.Not waiting for you to reach some milestone. Not waiting for  ‘until’.

Yes a lot of what we have been doing has been about self awareness, and you may have noticed some gaps in between posts. We did this to allow for self realisation.There is no race, yes we can celebrate on reaching day 21, however the real achievement has been each realisation you have made each day. So that’s why today has been about self care rather than self help. You are not broken. This is about self love. Explore.

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Peace,

 

The Team

The London Flower Lover

p.s. The birthing of the 21-day Self-Care Programme was jointly inspired by conversations with Core Success, Mentoring and Training for Women: Manchester

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Kind words and flowers for funerals

Beloved Flower Lover,

A few funerals recently brought it home to us that it might be appropriate to look at kind words that can help people to warm their hearts. We found these lovely quotes on http://www.notalone.co.nz/all-poetry-and-verse.html.

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To live in the hearts of those who love you is never to die.
(Author Unknown)Those who loved her lost so much at her passing
yet gained so much from her living.
(Author Unknown)

We have been left with a treasure of memories.
(Author Unknown)

Life is not measured by the breaths you take
But by the moments that take your breath away.
(Author Unknown)

A collection of short verse:

The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
(by Reinhold Niebuhr)Those we love don’t go away
They walk beside us every day
Unseen, unheard, but always near
Still loved, still missed, still very dear.
(Author Unknown)

When I die and leave behind
this earth I love, these trees, this sky
the pounding sea, the yearly hope of spring…
Cry not for me, Rejoice!
My soul has wings and in it’s freedom sings.
(Author Unknown)

The Song of Memory
When someone we love passes on beyond life in the world that we know and is gone,
A beautiful sense of their presence, like music remembered by heart, lingers on….
When someone we love finds a wonderful home in a world only faith can reveal,
Our memories can be like a song in the heart, with the power to comfort and heal.
(Author Unknown)

Something Beautiful Remains
The tide recedes but leaves behind
bright seashells on the sand.
The sun goes down, but gentle
warmth still lingers on the land.
The music stops, and yet it echoes
on in sweet refrains…..
For every joy that passes,
something beautiful remains.

If I should go before the rest of you
Break not a flower, nor inscribe a stone
Nor when I’m gone speak in a Sunday voice
But be the usual selves that I have known
Weep if you must, parting is hell
But life goes on, so sing as well.
(by Joyce Grenfell)

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The Team

The London Flower Lover

 

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Day 20: 21 Day Self Care Bootcamp using flowers

Beloved Flower Lover,

Welcome to day 20 of the Self Care Bootcamp using flowers. Today we just want to look at flowers. Nothing fancy. In fact not even stylised, just a few flowers put into a vase. Simple.

Lot’s of groundwork has been covered. You have been taking this journey and activated this part of yourself. And self care can be just as much about identifying what we don’t like about life and embracing that as an important art of self care. This is as important as all the lovely stuff.

Over these days we have been about empowering others plus stepping more into our own power.  Presenting a non stylised picture of flowers in a vase was a part of that today for ourselves. Emotionally and  energetically we acknowledge that we often teach what we need to learn ourselves. And we have felt this a lot whilst we have been preparing each day self care tip.

So on that note, we invite you to look back over the last 20 days and notice your patterns. Most specifically we invite you to go and look at day 1 and notice how far you have come.

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The Team,

The London Flower Lover

p.s. The birthing of the 21-day Self-Care Programme was jointly inspired by conversations with Core Success, Mentoring and Training for Women: Manchester

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Happy Mothers Day! Again

Beloved Flower Lover,

Happy Mothers Day again….

We have already had ours here in the UK but we want to send love to all those who are having Mothers Day today!

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Name Language
Mothers’ Day English
Día de la Madre Spanish
יום המשפחה Hebrew
عيد الأم Arabic
어머니날 Korean
Muttertag German

 

The Team

The London Flower Lover

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