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Key 4: Sensory Experiences

Flowers: May’s Gift to Us After the Rains of April

Flowers: May’s Gift to Us After the Rains of April

Flowers are in bloom. It’s May. Whether you call the first of May, May Day, Maypole Day, Beltane, or Ostara, all of these rituals share the joys of spring! The Spring Equinox is celebrated with flowers, ribbons and fertility.

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Focus on Enchanted Key #4-Sensory Experiences

What better way to close out our month-long exploration of sensory experiences than to celebrate this new month of flowers and festivities? We need to make way for Enchanted Key #5-Reduced Clutter, so let’s celebrate and then clear the path.

Your Flower

What is your favorite flower? You can leave a comment to let us know. Share the reason it’s your favorite as well. I used to think that roses stole the show with their textural beauty and layers and layers of velvety petals. As a child, I told people that daisies were my favorite flower because I felt sorry for them for being left out of everything except the famous petal pulling, “He loves me, he loves me not.”  But have you ever smelled a sun-kissed gardenia??? It’s truly perfume in its purest form. How about the sunflower, with its sunny disposition that reaches up to the heavens, like a child reaching up for a kiss on the forehead? All of those April showers have certainly brought the May flowers.

Enchanted Breath

So for this week’s Enchanted Breath, let’s pay attention to flowers. Maybe you’ll be buying your Mom, or another loved one or friend, some flowers this month. Maybe you’ll even receive some. Let’s add a few sensory layers to breath right now and see what kind of enchantment can be enjoyed as we take a moment to de-stress.

Read through this, then close your eyes and envision your favorite flower. Observe the colors and depth of shading from the outer to the inner petals. Consider what sounds it might make. Some contain seed pods that rattle. On your deep, restorative breaths in, imagine the fragrance filling you. As you exhale the tension in your body, mind, and spirit, note whether your flower is an edible. Appreciate the textures of your chosen flower. Now picture an entire bouquet, a garden bed, or an entire field of this flower.

Ahh.

Enjoy it for a few more minutes and then return to your day, feeling relaxed, refreshed, and enchanted.

Enchanted Breaths are the “ahh, the haha, and the aha! of life!”

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