Flowers for Boston
Like many, I still haven’t quite wrapped my head around the brutal events that took place yesterday at the Boston Marathon. I am still quite stunned, saddened and honestly, somewhat fearful of what may come next.
At times like this I know that sending prayers and holding love and light in my heart is probably the best thing I can do. However, I still carry a feeling of helplessness with me. An ache to do something. To help. To make it better. And probably a desire to find a way to ensure that brutality and violence like this never occur again.
Although there is nothing I can do to undo the events of yesterday, or to make certain they will never be repeated, I can offer up some knowledge of flower essences for use as a balm to soothe the soul during horrific times such as these.
Everyone responds to tragedy differently. Some get angry, some get sad. Some people refuse to acknowledge any emotions at all. There are as many responses as there are people on the planet. And there’s a flower, or combination of flowers, for everyone. So, it would be impossible to suggest flowers for every scenario.
However, I think there are a few, very universal emotions that the majority of us are facing right now and I’d like to suggest a few flowers to help with those.
Based on what I’m feeling and what I’m reading on Twitter and in the news, the majority of us are in shock. We’re wrestling with big questions like, “How did something like this happen?” “What is our world coming to?” “Will we ever be at peace?” Our minds are racing to make sense of something that will never make sense.
It’s at times like this, times when we are hit by a trauma that shocks us to our core, that the beautiful flower Star of Bethlehem can bring comfort.
I am the first to admit that events like this bring fear to the forefront for me and leave me feeling like I just want to hide in the closet for ever. I start developing plans to keep my entire family locked in the house from here to eternity, hoping to guarantee that we’ll never get caught in something as horrific as yesterday.
My rational mind knows this sort of thinking is, well, irrational and leads nowhere good. But all of my emotions tell me that danger is everywhere and to take cover – quick!
Fortunately, there are a few different flowers for this.
If your fear manifests as a generalized anxiety – if you can’t really name what you’re afraid of but are frightened at the thought of “what if…” then Aspen is your go to flower.
If your fear is more concrete – in this case you are afraid that a similar attack will occur in your town – then Mimulus is your flower.
And, if your fear has escalated to the point of true terror – then grab Rock Rose.
I know that many today find themselves in the all too familiar place of sitting with sadness, grief and anguish. Tears are always at the surface and there’s a pit in the stomach that just won’t go away.
If this is something you’re experiencing, Sweet Chestnut is the flower to try.
There’s one last flower called Honeysuckle that can be particularly helpful if this event triggered memories of a similar past event. I know many are thinking about to 9/11 today, as well as Newtown and the countless other tragedies that have come before. If you are someone dealing with repeated flashbacks to a past event at this time, try some Honeysuckle to bring you back to the present and to bring peace of mind.
Although flower essences cannot bring back loved ones, or completely erase the pain that so many are feeling, they can act as a comforting companion on the road to healing that we as a nation are all traveling at this time.
All of the above flowers can be taken singly or can be blended in a dropper bottle to make a custom flower blend.
If you need more information on taking flower essences, please see my post about taking flower essences.
Peace to all.
Light to all.
Love to all.