Because life
never stops teaching.

Journaling for awareness. Growing for life.

Two weeks ago Monday, after the rigmarole of getting up and out in the morning—breakfast, school drop offs, a quick grocery run, and so forth—I took fifteen minutes to enjoy my cup of tea in the little garden bed in front of my house. I sat on the grass breathing in the steam from my mug and clearing my head of its busy thinking. There I noticed a little pink rose peeking out from under some heartier salvia branches. It was the first bloom on the young plant, tilting its head into the light. I was inclined to whisper, I see you, the way one might to a child playing peekaboo, but instead I just marveled at the quiet miracle of the vibrant rose that had been just a hint of life the week before. There was something about that moment in the garden that brought me and my cup of tea back out the next morning. And the morning after. I’d made a new friend or sorts and a new ritual.

If you’ve ever sat in a garden and felt your shoulders come down, then you know the feeling of relaxation that natural beauty can bring, the grounding connection felt by sitting on the earth. Maybe you’ve even felt the peaceful energy of the flowers themselves. The rose is thought to have one of the highest vibrational frequencies in the world. It is often used as a symbol of new life and balance. When life seems to be dishing out stress or complications, there are simple peace offerings like these blooming nearby, finding their way into the light no matter what the weather. And when we are still awaiting the tangible blooms of spring, the symbol of the rose can be used as a powerful mindfulness tool in daily life to safeguard against absorbing stress and negativity. Here’s how it works…

If you should find yourself confronted with someone who is angry, anxious, judgmental, or unhappy, take a deep breath and imagine a rose sitting between you and the other person. Instead of absorbing the negative feelings of the other as an empathetic gesture or an attempt to fix matters, imagine the feelings of the other person entering the rose. Offer your empathy and support to what is taking place in front of you. (You might even visualize a change in the color of the rose.) By allowing those negative feelings to enter the rose instead of you, you are left with your shoulders down, breathing deeply. Like the rose itself, you can reach for the light–that which nourishes you–and not be consumed by stress. What represents light in your life?

A mindfulness tool like the separation rose takes a bit of practice, but it can become a healthy ritual. Much like sipping tea in a garden. What ritual might you introduce into your life this spring as a symbol of new life and balance?

Happy spring friends.

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