Flower Bath

By Brynne Betz

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 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.

You decide to pick the little guys first, the candytuft. And 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 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’s no more space. Your arms are full. Yes, you finally say to yourself. You think that many will do.

A flower bath

A flower bath

white flowers, non-toxic
1 large cooking pot
1 jar of organic (preferably raw) honey
water

You fill the pot with warm water, almost full, 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. Spring mornings are still cool and tea is still welcome. You smile then pick up the wooden spoon to 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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When you find yourself feeling hurt by the world around you, by the bitterness of attitudes and perspectives, 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 you unless you are able to really cleanse your Self. The combination of white flowers and honey is an elixir that does just that. It cleanses your aura of bitterness and feeds you enough sweetness to 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 better yet, submerse yourself completely in it like a bath. For me, it worked almost like magic.

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Brynne Betz

Brynne Betz

Brynne Betz is a lover of the sea, of soft eyes, gentle hearts and the wonder in life that escapes even the best of us. She is trained as a transpersonal psychologist and would love to hear from you. Please visit her website at www.brynnebetz.com or send her an email at [email protected]

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