aka: obedient plant
this is a photo taken the following day after a MAJOR torrential rainstorm last week.
i was looking at the image today, and thinking about why i took the photo on my dinky phone in the first place.
so this plant stands tall. taller than me. that would be taller than 5′ and almost a couple inches.
Physostegia stands very tall, very erect, very upright.
up up up
the bees love this stuff. great perennial bee food for late summer, in case there’s no goldenrod in your area, it comes in a variety of colors, AND it’s lovely to boot.
the pummeling rain laid down every stalk growing.
all the way down to the ground… were talking horizontal physostegia.
the next day, this is what was going on… the flowers began growing towards the sun.
now, i’ve seen this phenomena before in various places. it’s nothing really new… trees, plants, etc do this all the time.
they are so smart, plants.
such a great reminder.
sometimes i get really sad about things… mostly what’s going on in the world… and sometimes i just get all worked up about things in my mind.
i’m not proud of this, but it does happen, still.
seeing the shift in the flower growth in one cycle of a day really struck me. so i took a picture. to remind me.
to do the things i know i need to do to find my ground, or re-balancing, given the nature of the shifting and changing of the world, both inside and out.
this obedient plant reminds me of the strong will that’s in all beings – plants and critters alike – and the true nature of all plants and critters is to grow… that there’s an inner will, like what’s in a seed, to grow, to change… but in my case, it may take a bit of discipline to guide my way there.
also, the importance of honoring the times of darkness… i mean, for all i know, the Physostegia needed that time through the night to find its bearings… that the time through the night was integral to the 90 degree shift towards the sun.
now, don’t get me wrong – i’m not one of those ‘it’s all light’ sort of people.
i’m SO not.
i’m a big fan of the balance of light AND shadow –
anyone who has done the experiment of trying to grow grass in 100% darkness or 100% light will find out pretty soon that plants need a balance of light and dark for health.
this quote i read yesterday may have been the spark of inspiration for taking steps towards practicing yoga, and meditating regularly again. honestly, i’m not really sure. i suppose it doesn’t matter.
but i do know, that any steps i take to settle this wild-rabbit-mind, through mind-training & focused body movement will make a beneficial impact on/in the entire world.
it’s a gooder… enjoy:
by Joan Chittister, from Uncommon Gratitude
“Darkness deserves gratitude. It is the alleluia point at which we learn to understand that all growth does not take place in the sunlight.”