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.
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,” .
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.
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 London Flower Lover