Flowers are on my mind these days.
On a recent visit to Canada, it struck me as wonderful how that great nation decorates its homes, porches, yards and sidewalks with flowers. Memories of Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market, the lovely town of Jasper, the beaches of Vancouver…each one is peppered with the little gems that smiled at me everywhere I went. Ah, the healing joy of watching the profusion of beauties bursting from baskets in flower shops…
Here in New Delhi, I have a sunny bay window that I have decorated with colourful flowers in bright containers. So much beauty and happiness for so little!
Botanists estimate there are more than 240,000 types of flowering plants in the world. And extensive clinical studies have established the vital role all sorts of flowers can play in healing. Lavender is a popular stress-buster. Echinacea increases immunity. Camomile calms. In Ayurveda, the rose is considered the queen of flowers, with its exquisite fragrance and terrific cooling properties.
Hindus love to offer the vibrant marigold and the pristine jasmine to their deities.
Self-help books tell you to gaze at a bunch of flowers early in the morning, so that your day begins on a cheerful note.
Gift a friend or a neighbour a bunch of flowers, and you can make their day!
But it was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said it best: “Earth laughs in flowers.”
Let’s open our hearts to that innocent laughter. Do stop to smell the roses today…