What does Christine Northrup say about Happiness and why we love Flowers and Kintsugi, the process of loving broken things?

Beloved Flower Lover,

Looking through wilted lavender vintage roses and listening to the radio, we re-discovered Dr Christine Northrup, the medical doctor who is a pioneer for women’s happiness and just smiled at our selves with deep gentle soft eyes.

antique rose bouquet count on what counts

We wondered, if you actually focused on the language of happiness and the choice to feel happiness despite the inadequate circumstances. But before wondered about you, we thought, do what Byron Katie says, pay attention to your own business and that was a question which was so needed. This lead to another conversation, because we were not OK with living with habits of scaring ourselves to death and using martyr language that was not great.  So,suppose you would like to explore some more pleasure in life what might you do?

We did several things after that in our team and thought about our habits.  Some of the ladies in the team  went and found flowers that they loved. Over and over again, they were not the flowers that were  so called perfect ones. They were the ones with change, some wilting, some decaying. We opened up our minds and accepted their perfection. Then one woman in to the team pointed to a vase which she loved but which had become broken. She had put tape onto it and continued to use it,even in some of our photo shoots. In Japan, instead of tossing the vase, some craftsmen practice the 500-year-old art of kintsugi, or “golden joinery,” which is a method of restoring a broken piece with a lacquer that is mixed with gold, silver, or platinum.

We feel we have been on that golden joinery, linking flowers as a practice to the joy of life. The process of growing and change. Rather than being embarrassed with the sticky tape, to instead notice “it’s very important that we understand the spiritual backgrounds or the history behind… the material.” This is interwoven with the philosophy of wabi-sabi, which means “to find beauties in broken things or old things,” .

gift of autumn flowers

We have been reading the work of . Dr Mario Martinez and Dr Douglas Holt. Martinez , invites us to find out who are our cultural editors and cultural co editors. He invites us to consider this question.

Who taught me/you/us to think to be what you/we want to change?

As you reflect on the answer consider, are they really in the best position to edit your life?

Holt, invites us to ask awkward questions of a brand. Does it stand up for the contradictions in society? In fact does it speak with the voice of the contradictions of a society ? Does it help us to find a story to reflect the meaning of our lives? Does it help us to redefine, re edit our life? e.g. to give birth to inner receptor sites of self love.

We felt super vulnerable talking about this in the team as we noticed parts of ourselves that still needed the attention.  Instead we felt the fear gone as we each noticed in our own way putting our hands on our hearts and loving ourselves.

We think about that, especially as ever since this blog started, we talked about how we have been blogging about flowers and the putting real contradictory,sometimes unspoken issues that women and men face when dealing with self love are experiencing. The inflamed topics  in  a society where, we habitually celebrate the birthright of men and women to experience love.  That it. Our radicalness for our brand is to state openly that we completely love and accept all the love, support and beauty around us.  That you can never be to sad to help the sad, to unhappy to help the unhappy, to poor to help the poor.

Instead giving that love support and beauty to ourselves and others in a gentle way is what we do. It’s a gentle work that we do as we put our hands on those flowers which may be wilting or fading and love up on them.

gift of autumn flowers

As we conclude today’s thoughts we appreciate the words of  Joseph Campbell  quote even more. “that give up the life you planned to welcome the life waiting for you.”

Filling up with joy and pleasure, we ask for even more joy and pleasure to overflow as we give thanks for all that has passed, that is to come as we stand today in  the today of appreciation of life.


The Team,


The London Flower Lover

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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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