Category Archives: Spring

Your Touch

Petals unfolding

Luscious scent released

At your touch

I bloom

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2019

Sigh…

🌸

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1

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Mandala Monday ~ Foraging

Mother’s day weekend brought my daughter and grandchildren over for a visit, and while they were here, my daughter and I did a bit of foraging together.  She has been taking a course in herbalism and creating some of her own natural remedies, and she wanted to go out and gather some dandelions and violets.  Of course, I was more than happy to do that with her.

She and I had a chance to do some bike riding together too, which I enjoyed very much – I’ve really missed going on bike rides with her since she moved away.  We decided to ride over to the field of dandelions that I wrote about in my Music Monday ~ Yellow post to look for some, but sadly, they were all gone!  Most of them, anyway.  I can’t imagine the city spraying weed killer all over that massive field, so I’m not sure what could have happened – dandelions are quite prolific, as everyone who wants a lush green lawn knows.  😉

We gathered what we could find and then continued on our bike ride.  We stopped at several other areas along the way wherever we found large quantities of dandelions or violets growing.  Gosh, I adore violets, such sweet, dainty, little purple pretties.

In the end, we didn’t come away with as many as my daughter would have liked, but it was enjoyable gathering what we did.  She also gathered some plantain and a few other useful things she saw.

As much as I would enjoy concocting some natural remedies of my own, my main goal for helping her gather dandelions and violets (other than just being in her company, of course) was to first play around with them creating mandalas.

I don’t like picking living things for no good reason, so it was a bit of a challenge finding other things to use in creating a mandala.  But then I found some yellow loosestrife popping up in places it shouldn’t be in my garden, so I had no qualms about picking those. And as I continued around my yard, I noticed that my rhododendron is most likely not going to bloom this year, which is so sad, because it’s usually a show stopper.  I found a few scraggly blossoms down around the bottom and decided to just pick them.

There must have been something in the weather patterns this year that affected things, because I’ve also noticed that my lilacs don’t have very many flower buds on them this year.  VERY sad about that.  😭

I had saved some pinecones and a few dried hydrangea blossoms from last year, so I used those, grabbed a rock for the center and this is how my mandala turned out…

I think this is the first one I’ve made that is in fives.  I usually create them in even numbers like 3 or 6, but I only had 5 rhododendrons.

I only started creating these nature mandalas last fall when I had all of the beautiful autumn colored leaves to play with (autumn always brings out my creative side) and I haven’t done much with flowers or any other elements of nature yet, so it’ll be interesting to see how this little activity/hobby/practice evolves (or not) with spring and summer.  It’s a busy time in the garden, so we’ll have to wait and see if nature mandalas are a part of it…

Speaking of the garden…

I’m heading out there now. It’s a GORGEOUS morning!  I think I’ll plant my peas and lettuce…

 

Wishing you joy and beauty as you forage through this new week!  Have a gorgeous day!

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1

Thoughts on a Thursday with Rumi

“What is the Heart? 

A flower opening” 

 

Rumi

 

 

Do you think the flower was afraid, to open?  I mean, sure, there’s the warm, radiant sunlight to bask in, the lovely breeze to caress its petals, but there’s also rain, hail, and even snow that can hurt, destroy and devastate – and we all know that you can’t trust the weather…

To open your heart is to be vulnerable, and who can we trust?  Who will nourish it and cherish it, who will appreciate and celebrate its deep mysteries and beauty?

I don’t know and I feel afraid.  But like the flower, it is in my nature to open…

 

 

 

May the warm sunlight and a lovely breeze find you wherever you are today…

 

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1

Awakening

 In the laughter of spring blossoms

the earth awakens

and I along with it

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2019

 

Some lovelies I came across along my bike ride last evening.

 

May you come across lovely things too in this coming week…

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1

 

In Spring

Birds singing 

Fresh air

Warm sun

Things greening

 

My heart comes alive

In Spring

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2019

 

It’s a gorgeous morning here and the bleeding hearts are in bloom in the garden!  I dont know about you, but all of the new life and fertility going on in the springtime makes me feel a little frisky!

 

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1

Wordless Wednesday ~ May Day

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✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1

In Bloom

Spring unfurls

Sweet, lovely petals

of promise

of hope 

and the exciting possibility

of beautiful new beginnings

unfold

 

Even my heart

is

in bloom

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2019

 

Finally, some spring blossoms!  And things are greening up here too – little green buds are popping out everywhere; literally glowing with new life, it’s such a wonderful sight! 😍

 

Wishing you beauty, exciting possibilities, and new life today!

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1