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Plant of transitions

 

I was out walking my dogs recently. It was a wet and chilly morning – the first for a few weeks, and as I slipped and slid my way along the muddy track I became aware of numerous kowhai flowers on the ground. I looked up and the kowhai tree was laden with flowers, moving this way and that in the wind, going with the flow.

Kowhai really stepped up for me a year or so ago in a different circumstance but it shared that same big change, shock, transition.

I couldn’t quite believe I hadn’t noticed this tree before. And then I smiled. Of Course! Kowhai is a plant of transitions and sudden change. And I saw her, really saw her on the first morning of a big change in the weather. She was just moving this way and that, going with the flow, coping with the change.

Kowhai really stepped up for me a year or so ago in a different circumstance but it shared that same big change, shock, transition. My first love was very ill. He was dying and we both knew it. Our friendship had blossomed over the past few years and he wanted to talk to me on the phone. He wanted to say goodbye. The call came and we spoke. We said special things. And we said goodbye. I thought I would be brave and calm but when I put the phone down the silence seemed so big. So empty. I asked for one of my plant essences to step forward, to support me in my grief. Kowhai called to me. I put a drop of her essence on my tongue and I felt calm. I could go with the flow of grief. No need to fight it.

Plants can be our allies. Nature can be our friend.

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