{ breathing space } water the flowers

by eringoodman on January 13, 2012

in breathing space, shifting perspective

She is speaking about relationships and challenges.

I’m half-listening, distracted by my swirling thoughts.

She is speaking of mending strained relationships.

I exhale and consciously tune in.

She is speaking the words I need to hear.

She (our minister) is speaking about a practice she and her best friend (a Buddhist teacher) use when they face challenges in their relationship.

I close my eyes and slide my arms around my children.

When they are struggling to connect and understand each other, she says, they “water the flowers” by consciously breathing and focusing on each other’s best qualities.

I feel my heart soften.

And right there in that moment I begin to ‘water the flowers’ for each person in my family.

(Including myself.)

And the swirling and the struggling and the straining . . .

. . . melt into L O V E.

How about you?

Are there any flowers in your life that need water?

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( Photos taken at Weedweavers in Wakefield, RI. )

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Hannah Marcotti January 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm

This melted my heart. xo


Allison January 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Beautiful, Erin!


Anna January 13, 2012 at 3:29 pm

You know, I’ve been trying to do this more (although not with those words). Trying to find the good even in those who tend to annoy me. Not always so easy to do, but it brings so much peace.


Nicola January 13, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Always, but that is part of the give and take, right?
Beautiful post.


mb January 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm

ooooh i love it. delicious imagery for tending connections and relationships…


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