In this meditation, Jiva has us visualize having a flower garden within our heart. Then we visualize giving flowers to people whom we know well, ones that we do not know well and finally to ones we do not know at all.
I visualized a Japanese flower garden within my heart. As I was tending to my garden filled with a colorful array of cosmos, peonies, morning glories, irises, and hydrangeas, I began to see people I knew coming down the path towards me out of the corner of my eye. I got up, turned and greeted them with a smile as I gave them a bouquet of flowers. They said thank you and went on their merry way. I no sooner went back to caring for my garden and I saw people I don’t know very well come down the path towards me. Once again, I got up, turned and greeted them with a smile as I gave them a bouquet of flowers. They said thank you and went on their merry way and I returned to revamping my garden. After a time, I saw some more people come down the path towards me, only this time I did not recognize their faces and had come to the realization that I did not know these people at all. Regardless, once again I got up from kneeling, turned and greeted them with a smile as I gave them a bouquet of flowers. They said thank you and went on their merry way. I then returned back to tending to my garden. Giving flowers to all of these people, my heart became light and filled with immense joy.
In a sense, we all have a flower garden within our heart. Indeed, we all have various ‘flowers’ within our heart that we can give to others. This giving of our ‘flowers’, whether it be in the form of a listening ear, a gentle touch, a smile, a helping hand, can impact the overall well-being of others as well as the overall well-being of ourselves in such beautiful ways! Each morning upon waking, think of who will receive your ‘flowers’ today! Namaste 🙏🏻❤️☮️