BTT: wildflowers and consciousness

BTT=Better Than Therapy. Get outside. Move and breathe (deeply). Smell and listen and see--really see. Each week I am going to make it a point to get some BTT  and share the adventure. We've been out in the hills and in gardens these past few weeks enjoying the wildflowers. Spring just bursts onto the scene, doesn't it?


There's something about flowers. I don't think you can get tired of the interesting lines and shapes, textures and patterns.


But that's not the entire reason they're so captivating. We sense there's something in their beauty--their fragility and softness and light—that is more than art. Although they are definitely art.


(I'm not sure that little bug thinks so, though!)

While I was out attending to flowers, I thought about what Eckhart Tolle says about them in his book,  A New Earth. They didn't always exist. The planet was covered for hundreds of millions of years in green vegetation until the flower entered the scene. And then when we came along even later, they were most likely the first thing we humans came to value that wasn't about survival and our first recognition of beauty. Tolle points out that flowers have always provided inspiration to "artists, poets and mystics,'" and are featured in every major religion.

Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is an essential part of their own innermost being, their true nature. The first recognition of beauty was one of the most significant events in the evolution of human consciousness. The feelings of joy and love are intrinsically connected to that recognition. Without our fully realizing it, flowers would become for us an expression in form of that which most high, most sacred and ultimately formless within ourselves."