Let a playful cat show you how to relax and enjoy beautiful flowers

Beloved Flower Lover,

You are being primed to be happier and more playful.Let’s just start there.

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The Team,

The London Flower Lover

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Supercharge your love life with yourself-simple poem

Beloved Flower Lover,

The last few posts have been a mindful invitation to link love to it’s source, self love. Reconnecting to one’s love through the use of beauty, tuning in and reconnecting to that in our hearts. We adapted the beautiful poem by Oriah  as a way to assist us to light up our hearts, and activate parts of our brains with dopamine. This poem, this conduit idealises our love lives. And we use flowers to greet and acknowledge us all.

 

The Invitation of Self Love


It doesn’t interest me
what I do for a living.
I want to know
what I ache for
and if I dare to dream
of meeting my heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old I am.
I want to know
if I will risk
looking like a fool
for love
for my dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are
squaring my moon…
I want to know
if I have touched
the centre of my own sorrow
if I have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know
if I can sit with pain
mine, my very own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know
if I can be with joy
mine, my very own
if I can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill me
to the tips of my fingers and toes
without cautioning myself
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me
if the story I are telling me
is true.
I want to know if I can
disappoint another
to be true to myself.
If I can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray my own soul.
If I can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if I can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if I can source my own life
from it’s presence.

I want to know
if I can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where I live
or how much money I have.
I want to know if I can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me
who I know
or how I came to be here.
I want to know if I will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
I have studied.
I want to know
what sustains I
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know
if I can be alone
with myself
and if I truly like
the company I keep
in the empty moments.

Originally by Oriah Mountain Dreaming,
from the book The Invitation: Adapted by The London Flower Lover

The Team,

The London Flower Lover

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The Flower Lover invitation

Beloved Flower Lover,

The Invitation by Oriah
It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are
squaring your moon…
I want to know
if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me
if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know
if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

By Oriah © Mountain Dreaming,
from the book The Invitation
published by HarperONE, San Francisco,
1999 All rights reserved

 

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Say Self Love with Flowers

Beloved  Flower Lover,

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How to clean a flower vase that is thick with old residue

Beloved Flower lover,

We often let flowers die in the vase and that leaves a residue. You know what that looks like.So how do you clean that vase.  Well here are some tips.

You could use the salt and vinegar approach.

Salt and Vinegar. Make a paste starting with a 1/2 tablespoon of salt and add in enough white vinegar to create a paste. Rub this on the residue left behind by the scummy water. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then wipe off with sponge or bottle brush.

2. Alka Seltzer.
 When  we can’t fit our hand  into a vase we fill it with hot water and then drop in one or two tablets and let them do the work.

3. Baking Soda and Vinegar.
This is a similar approach to number 2, but fill the vase with warm water, pour in a tablespoon of baking soda (more if it’s a larger vase) and pour in white vinegar. It should fizz and eat away at the residue that’s built up.

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The Team,

 

The London Flower Lover

 

 

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We get really inspiredby other amazing florists

Beloved Flower Lover,

We know that we have an important meaningfully beautiful slant on floristry which is about, helping you to think about how you to resolve the love relationship with yourself as away to receive more love not less.We mean love everywhere. Romantically, between colleagues (appropriately of course) family, political societies and nature. We allow flowers to activate our stories. To satisfy that part of us that makes sense of the world using stories and we dedicate ourselves to thinking about how flowers can help us to explore how flowers can express our lives as alive and thriving.

We know our floristry is about the stories which mostly help us to hold more love in spaces in our lives that need more love,not less. It effects us. Flowers then become our boost. They  honour the part of us that loves all, knowing that nothing is against us and indeed negative situations are for us.

We bump around toooo. And at one time we felt like strange florists, doing what we do. Linking flowers to what we do.So as  we wash  vases and prepare designs, we think about our principles plus the other really cool stuff. And we too are discovering and being inspired by amazing florists, our own floral heroes. They feel like the ‘masculine single focused go-getter’ to our feminine receptivity.

The videos we are sharing were developed by floral artists who help us to explore our dreams  even more deeply. To  go beyond logic which and to instead use our imagination, the part of us that takes us everywhere (Einstein). To help us to access more of ourselves and express that beauty.

We thank them, our heroes that hold a space for us. To hold a space to breathe deeply,to calm down and enjoy our own imagination for our ownselves. We love them and share them with you.

 

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Orange Gerbera and Purple Tulips

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Imagine a floral bouquet for peace, joy and happiness

Beloved Flower Lover,

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Perhaps you might be curious how you might use flowers to help you to avoid interfering with your own lifeline. Calm and chill down and let your picture of beauty and a warm embrace change you

Beloved Flower Lover,

The most difficult relationships are our fast track to love ourselves. When we think of flowers, a number of feelings can be triggered. For an example, those most turbulent relationships  or lack of relation are indeed a fast track to guiding you, us, we, to learn to love self as much as we desire it from others to do.

 

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All those ‘issues’ with self, family, romantic, platonic, work, money, health, relationships are actually invitations to go back within and practice the discipline of touching your own heart and loving yourself.

Sometimes we have simply acknowledge that we have got into bad habits of seeing our magnificent self.  For an example, panic is a bad habit  of spinning yourself  like a top. Instead practise slowing right down.That’s the way to stop interfering with your change.It’s the way of keeping the oven door closed rather than constantly opening the oven door. It takes a little while to decide to stop frantically running to and fro from person to thing to idea. But you can choose  just sit still . Breathe. Look at beauty and chuck away the garbage of what you are carrying. The self blame and self criticism. Instead  allow beauty to comfort you. Perhaps use flowers are your personal reminder of the best ever and most beautiful capabilities.

Listening to yourself means casting of your training wheels and noticing how you feel comfort as you slow down. Rather than grabbing at straws, get into the habit of allowing yourself to relax on how you really want to feel allows. Get into the habit to take in the comfort of what  love feels like to you. Let that feeling really penetrate you and comfort you. Allow the practice to change you. Allow yourself to recieve.

 

The Team,

The London Flower Lover

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Flowers by Design: Picture in your mind yourself and others wildly happy, smiling and feeling a warm embrace

Beloved Flower Lover,

Flowers by Design:

We know that thoughts are things, or that thoughts have properties. Energies. Qualities. We convey qualities by our thoughtful intentions. So yes we can imagine peace, joy, happiness.

On the other side we can have a force of mixed feelings. We get that. You know the sort of strong intense mixed feeling that you keep getting wound up about.Or panicked about or just desperate about.

And that’s ok to decipher that. Just by knowing that we can choose how to relate to mixed feelings like a pro. By honouring those mixed feelings that often come from unresolved inner scars and learning to recognise those scars and make peace with them, starts with whatever we have at hand.

We use flowers as our way to help take on the energy of love, peace and relaxation.To  allow the feeling of having them given and received to fill us up.We feel those lovely feelings.

Imagine that!

In the end we can also just allow ourselves to accept that we can decide to feel the ‘freedom’ to choose to feel the feelings of the love we want to share.

 

Spring is here!

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That’s what we mean by flowers by design. Flowers, our little helpers!

 

The Team

The London Flower Lover

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