I was floating in a cloud of energetic bliss after a session with Erica. It’s a lovely feeling to be in that space. Afterward, sometimes I need to rest, sometimes I need to process and journal, other times I need to just go outside.
On this particular day, I grabbed my jacket and welcomed the fresh air onto my skin and into my lungs. My feet carried the rest of me down the sidewalk, heading nowhere in particular. As I moseyed along, the scent of spring’s blooms swirled into my nose grabbing my attention.
Looking down, I noticed tiny purple flowers sprawled across a lawn. I plucked the little violet and held it to my nose. I’m not sure I’ve ever taken the time to smell a violet before; its scent was divine.
And in that tiny moment using my sense of smell, the plant worked its magic on me. I instantly felt grounded; that hazy part of my self floating above me found its way back into my body. It left me surprised—and totally in love with that little flower.
So I carried that violet with me, inhaling its scent, admiring its markings.
After my walk, I was curious about the flower essence. A smile crept across my face as I read about the flower’s virtues. Some of it felt very familiar, and it especially resonated in context to the conversation I’d just had with Erica.
The violet says, “come and see me.” And that’s precisely what it did as I walked, as if it were asking me to pay it attention today.
See me: it’s been a theme lately. I’d decided to move through a specific uncomfortable situation, paving a new path instead of relying on the familiar. That old path was no longer working; it left me screaming silently to be seen.
While it felt easier to avoid the situation, to shrug it off again, to cave to the ease of familiar inaction, I took a new route. It felt clunky and awkward, but I did it. And, as luck would have it, I got to keep practicing it—again and again. Did I cave into my fear again? Absolutely. But I remembered that one thing is certain: I always have a choice to try again.
When you pay attention to the plants surrounding you, it’s interesting to notice how they connect with you. Pay attention to the ones that you’re drawn to, or the ones that you see over and over. Notice what grows abundantly in your yard.
Look up the flower essence, the herbal properties, the homeopathic or even the botany. What does it reveal? If you’re not sure what the plant is, sit with it for a bit.
Often, these observations are more than enough to give you insight into how the plant may work, and more importantly, it’s a way to tune into yourself.
While the violet had many messages for me that day, I’m grateful for its reminder to start again, to embrace vulnerability, because suppressing wants and needs will always find a way back to the surface.
Author: Kara McNabb is a naturopathic practitioner who works with the mind-body connection and plant medicine.