Flowers From Beginning To End
What better teacher than Nature to capture the essence of birth and death and how love hums at the heart of it all?
Observing nature in my backyard, I decided to photograph the blossoming flowers. I positioned myself to capture their humble beginnings of greenery. Eager buds stretched forth as they pushed their way into the world. Twirling out of a spiral, they opened their petals to become the flower they were meant to be.
Everyone loves flower buds and blossoms.
As I documented their journey through the lens of my iPhone camera, I began to wonder, why the entire process isn't considered beautiful.
I came upon this quote by Osho and it captured what I was feeling. He gets to the core of the issue. We can love the entire process from beginning to end. We don't have to be limited only to the parts that little humans have deemed to be pretty.
Even fading petals have a song to sing, don't they?
You're invited to see the unfolding of the flowers in these photos:
Here, a flower opens its petals from within a spiral.
Now the flower opens wide in a blaze of color and a fire burns at its center.
The petals are shifting past their prime and begin to curl at the edges.
The flower fades further, petals crumple more.
The full glory of the flower is gone. One tenacious petal remains attached.
All the petals are gone. Only the glowing ember of a flower remains.
Love From Beginning To End
As I watched the flowers bloom, age and wither, I could see beauty in all the steps of the process.
Love was at the heart of the journey. A love without judgment of whether they were at the beginning or the end or even how frazzled they looked when it was all over.
In our meditations, we can also become aware of the conditioning and judgments we place on ourselves of what we can or cannot love. We love the birth, but not the death, yet all of it is our ultimate journey. I don't think it's about being in love with death itself, but rather, loving us through the process that awaits all of us.
Can you see yourself as a blossoming flower?