1 large cooking pot
1 jar of honey, organic if possible
white flowers, non-toxic
Your feet are bare so the dew-laden grass tickles as you walk. You smile like a little kid-- a little naughty, a little forbidden peeking through. Then you bite your lip, planning your next move, your eyes darting up to the tree, then down to the tufts of white near its base. And then what about the camellia over there? A butterfly catches your eye, dancing to the beat of the wind. Ahhh, a gust from the sea. You breathe it in, let it wash over your skin, your lungs filling…..with hope? Yes, that's right. And so is this.
You decide to pick the little guys first, the candytuft. And then a few pansies, too. The white flowers of the fruit trees, you don’t want to forget those. Better get those before the camellia blossoms, since you know you love those and they will take up every last bit of space in your arms. You pile them all on as gently as you can until there is no more space. Your arms are full. Yes, you say to yourself. You think that many will do.
You fill the pot to almost full with warm water, then turn the heat to medium. One at a time, you place the flowers in the pot their petals relaxing as soon as they touch the warmth. It was cold outside. Its not Mexico anymore. It’s the Pacific Northwest where Spring is cool and tea is welcome. You smile. Its good to be home. You pick up the wooden spoon and make the flowers twirl.
Two brave gob-filled scoops of honey find their way into your pot. They kerplunk and soon dissolve. You realize how good the kitchen smells. Why of course it does, you have a pot of sweet white flowers brewing on your stove.
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My Wednesday Wish For You?
When you find yourself feeling hurt by the bitterness of those around you, when words and actions seem to carry arrows that pierce the very fibers of your heart, first, step away. And second, make yourself a flower bath. Like memories, feelings stay with us unless we are able to really cleanse our Selves. The combination of white flowers and honey is an elixir that does just that….it cleanses your aura of bitterness and feeds you the sweetness that you so wished would take its place. And it really works! Be sure though, to immerse your entire self in its gifts. Either pour it over your head like a shower or dunk your head completely under in your bath. And then watch how much better you feel in the morning. For me, it worked like magic.