04 December 2017
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Floating blossoms bring images of self-proclamation, advocating for Mother Nature. Flowers represent the omniscience, omnipresence and rich prospect of the natural world.
There is no more important time in the history of human civilization than now to honor and respect our planet. There really are no words to express the agony and pain felt from my country’s administration and its willingness to turn their backs on science, the ramifications of climate change, and the well-being of each citizen. Anxiety is high and increasing every day. On my daily commune with nature I find momentary relief. That meditative and safe space is glorious. But sometimes the abundance of nature is directly nearby and inside.
This week I discovered this year’s blooms on my Christmas cactuses, which bring the pleasures of nature indoors. Each November and December they provide incredibly floral design with shades and hues that tranquillize the senses. Each bloom seems to burst into flame, flashing color and layers of dignity, no narcissism is intended. Its duty seems more rooted in the need to demonstrate nature’s ability to capture our attention, and give us much to ponder and revere.
I was compelled to still their brilliance and delicate showiness. They are reminders that our minds can for a time be diverted to another space that transforms it into a treasure trove of what the world offers. And what’s vital to my emotional well-being.
With the assault upon public natural spaces in my country, this holiday season I am giving gifts that support the health of the earth and its inhabitants. Examples are planting trees (Arbor Day Foundation), gifts of honeybees, sheep and flocks of chicks (Heifer International) and adopting animals (Sierra Club). And I have been adding a few natives to my own garden. Planting now will get them acclimated for spring’s arrival in three months. Oh, will I make it through winter? Happy gift giving.