Sankofa Flowers: “it is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten”

Beloved Flower Lover,

Can we explain something?

Post after recent post you might have become aware that something is going on here at TLFL. A creative turning point.

We worried a little, as you might have noticed that our posts have been dealing with powerful emotions recently.  Some of you may have been uncomfortable, others calm, as you notice that the posts are about decision making, especially about what we really don’t want to think about.

The posts have been about flowers as well as caring, nurturing, in the face of challenging, and sometimes individualistic situations. Why? Well let’s tell you a story that might help to explain ourselves better.

We have continued to be exposed to the inspiring beauty of life and off course flowers from all angles.  In the presence of flowers we ‘think’. Inspired thinking. Sparked by creative divine beauty. During our days we have been adapting by going to our usual, plus newer flower suppliers. On those trips we have really noticed that everyone we have been relating to recently have been dealing with money and relationships. It’s been a common theme.  Are you noticing any similar patterns?

Anyway we as a team of florists decided that it was o.k. to reflect on this. To consider the ‘coulda woulda shoulda vibe as we are opening up to the ripples flowing in from the open door of 2014. Radical, but not really as we consider what the spring will birth and bring forward. In the process of making space to share ourselves with 2014, we ended up considering universal symbols, and one in particular.  The Sankofa bird.

The Sankofa bird is one of the most recognized of all the Adinkra symbols today. In the Akan language, Sankofa means “it is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten”. The sankofa bird is portrayed as a bird flying looking backward over its shoulder. In its beak is an egg. The egg in its beak represents the “gem” or knowledge of the past upon which wisdom is based; it also signifies the generation to come that would benefit from that wisdom. Our child to be born within ourselves even.

The symbol of the sankofa bird is associated with the proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,” which in translation means, “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten”. Modern translations usually render it as One must return to the past in order to move forward. In either case, the message of the symbol is that we must learn from the past in order to build a better future.

The Akan believe that the past illuminates the present and that the search for knowledge is a long-life process. The image illustrates the quest for knowledge, while the proverb suggest the rightness of such a quest so long as it is based upon knowledge of the past.

(san = “to return”) + (ko = “to go” + (fa = “to look, to seek and take”)

The London Flower Lover: Photograph by Victor

The London Flower Lover: Photograph by Victor

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Sankofa, “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten”

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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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7 Responses to Sankofa Flowers: “it is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten”

  1. I LOVE this! Thank you for giving me this incredible image to hold onto. It is really beautiful, and true.


    • Naomi, its a joy to be able to give beauty that has such a truly good feeling. We thank you for having the open space to share so easily. Thank you for showing the way. The balance of giving and receiving from the heart elevates us all. Thanks for popping by.


  2. we love the versatility of your posts…they all make perfect sense the way you put it all together 🙂 looking forward to your next post!
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  3. Al says:

    I want to thank you for your suggestion a couple of months ago about imagining the flowers to someone.

    I did that and now the rift has completely healed. I have my friend back. I am so very … very .. happy.


    • Oh wow, Oh wow, oh wow!

      You know it’s so amazingly healing.Thank you for sharing and inspiring us here all over again. Flowers can express many of the precious secrets held in the deepest place within our hearts.

      Flowers offer us a chance to reflect back on our highest priorities in a mundane world.Sometimes just giving and recieving flowers helps us to recall our true nature, which is what brings the beauty in our hearts out with such clarity. This is how flowers make a difference in our lives. Expressing these feelings when we are seeming to be at odds with someone, even ourselves.

      They give us a chance to take a second look at something or give us a gentle push from the back to get on with it.Especially if we did not want to look at a situation objectively. This is how the giving and recieving of flowers can make a difference. It starts the conversation again.

      It’s a wonderful time to slow down and give thanks for how you choose to recognise and accept that the choice. The choice to be at peace and then select flowers that most reflect that state and send it energetically and see them recieve it warmly.

      Again, that’s how flowers can make a difference in our lives. They reflect how we can choose to share love with the ones we truly love, from a place of our natural peace, and joy.

      Thank you for sharing. This has made a difference to us here too. More confirmation. We are so happy for you and your friend. We bet your friend is as pleased as you are that the rift has healed.

      Happy Solstice from the Team here!


      • Al says:

        Yes, my friend is overjoyed as well. We thought we could never get back to the friendship that we had before, but we did.

        Flowers are an incredible healing life force.


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