Day 10: Self Care Bootcamp with Flowers

Beloved Flower Lover,

Welcome to day 10 of your 21-day self-care programme. Taking time for yourself, for your transformation and using flowers is at the very heart of this 21-day programme.

Wherever you are right now, we are so grateful you are still here. Still on the programme. Well done! We are grateful that so many people have been reading this and are really thrilled that they can do so even as we sleep here in London.  We always thank the people who created the Internet, Word press and for those teachers who have allowed so much of themselves to be shared with us.

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We know that transformation is not just collecting more facts. Transformation comes from an experience that shift us on the inside.  We use the natural beauty of flowers, along with the feelings of love to help to do just that. You may have noticed the glimmer in someones eyes when they either give or receive floral beauty. It’s this floral beauty that may help us to feel a little more able to explore all sorts of emotions. Having flowers in around may allow us to feel cared for as we explore feelings like anger, fear, sadness, loneliness, grief, love, joy, peace, happiness and bring them together into a successful marriage.

This was when the idea of creating a floral mandala came into the 21 day programme.  We wanted a floral tool for bringing together into one whole image all our feelings about a given situation.

Now before we explain what a mandala is and how you can use it on the 21-day self care programme, we first want to touch on the imagination. It is a part of us that seems to have fallen out of favour in modern times where rational, linear, logical thinking has been precedent. William Blake the 19th century British poet, prophet and artist proposed that the “fall of mankind” was actually the fall from the imagination, the realm of the infinite into Reason, the realm of the already known. Self care often requires re-imagining our lives.  Because as Einstein says, “Logic will get you from A-Z. Imagination will get you everywhere.”

 

What is a Mandala and how do they work?

The word Mandala (pronunciation mon- dah- lah) means “circle”.  A Mandala represents wholeness, a diagram reminding us of our relation to infinity. It can also be created by individuals to symbolize their journeys through life. Mandalas can also tell a story of where an individual or group has been.  In some cases they can be used to visualise  the individual’s or group’s path in life.

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A mandala is far more than a simple shape. The design of the mandala is supposed to be visually appealing so as to absorb the mind in such a way that fear, worry, anger, grief, sadness and loneliness thoughts are unable to get through and instead the spiritual essence of joy and peace surrounds the individual looking at the mandala.  This allows the mind to take a break while the creative mind is allowed to feel peaceful and speak clearly. Very clearly. When it speaks you can then take the time to listen to it’s message.

 

Create your own flower mandala

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  1. Begin by gathering flowers.

  2. You can gather them from your own garden, or a friend’s garden, or the market stall/supermarket.

  3. You can use whole flowers or pull the petals off and use the petals in your design.

  4. You can also gather leaves, vines, sticks, rocks, plus crystals like ‘rose quartz’.

  5. Decide where you will make your mandala. It could be on the grass outside, or on a tabletop in your house, or on a tray that could be carried from place to place.

  6. A shallow bowl could be filled with water, to allow the blossoms to last a bit longer.

  7. Think about a color scheme, based on the flowers that you have gathered.

  8. Think about big pieces and small pieces.

  9. Decide on the intention behind your mandala. It’s theme is totally your choice. Love, peace, gratitude, reconciliation between yourself and a dear one, your own well-being, your abundance, whatever. You choose. It’s yours and yours alone! Get creative with what you choose to create.

  10. Choose a flower or petals for the very center of the mandala and put it in place. Then build circular layers out from there. Allow yourself to create anything that comes to you.

  11. If you like, you can photograph your mandala when it’s done.

  12. Sharing is optional! When you’re done creating your personal mandala reflect on it. If you do share with someone else, don’t spend time analyzing, wondering or explaining what you have done.  It doesn’t have to make sense to anyone but you. It’s yours!

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  • When you are done sharing your personal mandala with others, make sure you display it somewhere where you can see it; good places include on your fridge, mobile phone, computer or anywhere where you will get a chance to absorb it on a daily basis.
  • Of course, your mandala will change as you change and your life changes. Feel free to change it anyway you want or create a whole new personal mandala; it’s up to you and what works best for your current life and/or current situation!
  • Enjoy its beauty for as long as it lasts, then gather up the wilting petals and leaves, and offer them to the wind or a stream, pond, lake or by the seashore. Your intentions of love, peace and joy will travel far and wide!

 

Lovely. We look forward to you having lots of fun creating your own mandala.

 

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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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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5 Responses to Day 10: Self Care Bootcamp with Flowers

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  3. RoSy says:

    Sounds quite therapeutic.

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    • Excellent observation.

      We have noticed that flowers can embody a direct therapeutic experience for people. That they can help people practically experience specific feelings of love, peace and joy. To access that which is already within.

      We have noticed that using flowers can offer a humble way to acknowledge feelings and to learn about how to direct them, by firstly listening to them deeply. Learning what is really wanted. Inner wisdom.

      We then notice that we can use flowers to get very specific about what it’s really saying. To be gently compassionate with self and others. Then to be upfront about being an ally, a friend to that part of our wisdom. To be relaxed in honouring it in a way that harms no one else or self. Then to invite it to open up to success.

      We use our video resources to offer examples of success. We invite others and self To look for examples of what we want from a ‘win- win’ point of view. Doing so re-energises self and others into a great smile.

      We find that flowers can be used to affirm that with gentleness. They act as reminders. The flower mandala can help visualise and feel that. We also use flowers as a way to gently develop a relationship with our life-force and direct that life-force with a ‘win win’ agenda. And yes we use flowers as a beautiful visual reminder and reinforcement. That’s the purpose of today.

      Thank you for making that beautiful observation. xxxxx

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