I was out on a walk and I saw this flower:
I wondered how it could grow in a field of greens. It had 12 petals in three groups of four surrounding the pistil. I wondered about this “sign” that appeared in my life as I walked my dog on a very average morning through grass covered lawns.
This little flower was blooming in the face of regular grass trimming, pesticides, and animals crossing it. It had amazing fortitude and precision in its growth and beauty.
I got home and looked up petals and flowers. On one page the writer compared petals to the chakras, and I was curious that the heart chakra had 12 petals–the same as in my flower. I thought that the heart too, could bloom anywhere.
So why do some hearts bloom and share their gifts, while others blend in with the crowd?
I think it’s one part intention and one part embracing our truth in the moment.
I was able to see this flower because it stood out. It was unique, different from everything which surrounded it, and so it attracted me from the street. It was all of ten millimeters wide but I found it.
We all need to find that unique part of us so that we can stand out from the crowd.
Perhaps it starts in the heart and goes out from there.
But how do you do that?
Set an intention to use your gifts and talents. Then go about your life and pay attention.
Also, do something where you feel present. Maybe it’s when you write, or paint, and listen to a friend, or give a talk.
Whatever it is that is unique about you, it will stand out and add to the environment.
The world needs you. The world needs your heart.