{ 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. )

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