As flower lovers, do you like surprises? Why or why not? How we spend the upcoming Winter Solstice might surprise you!

Beloved Flower Lover,

The  annual Winter Solstice is coming up in December!

It’s December 21st-23rd in fact and its a surprise to many of our colleagues that we close up for that period. In fact we close up from December 18th- Jan 6th each year. We do so that we can adhere to the quietening energy of nature at this time. We ignore the external distractions and almost ‘hibernate’. Surprised? What do you do this time?

This is not new. Yet we do see the mass consumerism going on, yet we ignore it becuase we know it’s the perfect time to be getting quieter, not busier.

It’s like a massive secret, or the ‘elephant in the room, that people know about, but do not in some odd way. Some choose to rush around, some choose to slow down and recoup their energies. We know what group we are in.

We are often surprised that a modern nation like ours does not practice  more quiet time at this time of year. It would so help for the coming year . Yes we want to see the beauty of  flowers all around but not at the expense of one’s life force. No, that’s setting yourself up for being erratic next year. And especially as women,  our energies need the deep rest so we can be prepared to bring gorgeous ‘flowers and fruits’ forward into next year.

When you look around at modern day cultures, in Africa, or Asia  like Japan, or European like the celtics cultures, we notice that their respect towards their connections with ancient traditions that respected the ‘earth’,  can still be celebrated in today’s  Winter Solstice.

It’s in fact a time to be as still as possible to allow the mind and body to rest and restore itself for next spring’s growth. Sleep more,  eat less, be with loved ones, turn off distractions and dream more. So that’s what we do. We love to flow with nature, because it’s our nature also!

The surprise to many is that we really do apply this approach to floristry.  We don’t just talk about it. We focus on how, what the chinese call ‘life force’,Qi, or Chi, can direct our floral works.

It provides us with a harmonisation framework. An approach to commerce that is linked with blessing people at a deep level. Thta’s how we approach floral gifting. That’s why we end up talking about peace, joy and all those other harmony emotions as we consider our floral designs.

These ‘life force’ principles are core to our work with lillies, roses, grasses, calla’s, sunflowers, orchids and more!

We make plans at that time of year to be quiet, really quiet, even silent, so we can reflect on the beauty of nature. To calmly, peacefully sit in awe of nature.  To recognise it in ourselves and others and our floral products. We watch  nature just go about it’s cycle of recreation and regeneration without any help from mankind.

We smile as despite society worries, fear, gloom,grief, sadness, and anger we can actually choose to fill ourselves with the truth of nature’s laws. The laws that keep seeing the sun and the moon move without our help. We smile as we find ourselves with another opportunity, each day to experience  peace, love and joy, and  to share it. Yes, we smile and give thanks.

We give thanks for nature.

We give thanks for being able to create feelings like Peace, Joy, Unity, Balance, Justice, Love, Freedom, Choice, within our Imaginations.  We give thanks that we can be the experience of our thoughts and feelings first, through cultivating them in the fertile soil of our being.

That’s what we do as florists. That’s what we share with you. We take the time to embrace this during what we call this ‘bridge time’.  We love how flowers can help us to radiate high energies of  peace and joy at this time.

Yep, it’s truly the thoughts that count. Because energy flows where our thoughts go. And at this point, we can only see how flowers help to eliminate stress from our lives. And better still, to direct us to feelings of peace and joy.

We would love to find out what surprises you at this time of year and how you might be using flowers or anything else to remind you of the beauty of this time of year.

Peace and many blessings to you all

The Team

The London Flower Lover

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About Thelondonflowerlover

Welcome to The London Flower Lover. We are florists who create floral collections to tell your real life story. With colour and texture, we take floristry into an entirely new direction based on the challenges and joys of your life. Offering what we call 'heart based floristry' we use style, fashion, and life situations and merge them with heart based lifestyle support. This inspiring blend creates so much more for those who love flowers. Using flowers in the traditional way of course, but always using flowers to open up a floralicious conversation about relationships of all kinds. We are a sort of work in progress of compassionately confirming how we are already on the inside, the love we want to see out in the world. That is mission of The London Flower Lover. So saying yes to recognising that is at the heart of this blog and using flowers to honour that inner world is how we use the beauty of giving and receiving flowers. This blog is your blog. It's as much about cultivating your heart, as it is about enjoying the physical beauty of flowers. It offers story, poems and video to reflect the life you actually live whilst showing beautifully inspiring collections of flower designs. Hand-tied bouquets, arrangements and more. All this with sought after tips from well established experts on how to keep a happy heart. This is what makes The London Flower Lover unique and magical. Yes, and that's how we make the difference that we do. When life looks, feels, or sounds challenging, we offer a sanctuary that you may dip into. A well of refreshment and strength that you may draw from. Sharing what others have found to be successful ways of being happy in the face of challenges, whilst letting flowers do the talking when we have no other way to interpret what is going on. Use flowers to help you re-discover, reveal and remember how you can still be despite challenges. Use flowers to celebrate and to embody the possibility of your heart felt desire, fulfilled. Use flowers in your life, to remind you of the beauty of your life. Use The London Flower Lover today. We invite you to stay curious in this floral universe as you explore the love in the heart. This is a floralicious world.
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