Suffer the Dandelions

It’s quite difficult for me to use suffer and dandelions in the same phrase. I did it for you, dear reader – particularly if you are a lover of endless green lawns. I know how you must struggle to keep the wily dandelion at bay.

I am a great lover of dandelions. When I was a young girl, I wove them into chains to make crowns. Admittedly, the crowns were sticky and not particularly sweet smelling. But when you love something, you put up with such things. I’d tell a dandelion in full fluff of my deepest desires and then blow the seeds into the wind, trusting the dandelion to carry my wishes out into the world and back to me again.

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Every part of the dandelion has healing properties – that’s why early immigrants brought them to the new land. Dandelion wine is delicious! I could write several  blogs on the benefits of dandelions, but this blog isn’t really about that. This blog is about the lessons they offer us in how to create a safe and sane world.

An herbalist once told me that the plants we need in our lives, show up in our yards. Dandelions just keep showing up. They must have something we need.

I’ve spent many joyful hours with dandelions – talking, writing poetry, listening to the song of bees.  (No, I was not drinking the wine). A couple of years ago, I came upon a field of dandelions in full bloom. I stopped what I was doing and spent some time with them. They taught me of their magic and gifted me with one of their anthems.

Grow Deep, Blossom,

Use Your Gifts Where’er the Wind Blows You.

“Dandelion’s show the gift in every part of us,” they said, “dandelions offer generosity.” This is a simple, yet profound teaching. As I said earlier, every part of the dandelion has healing properties. The roots make wonderful tea. The blossoms can be dipped in egg and sautéed – or you can sprinkle the yellow petals in your salad. In the early spring, the leaves make a cleansing tea. There is a gift in every part of the dandelion – and they share those gifts with us quite generously.  Marianne Williamson

Our world will be a safer and more sane place when we take the example of the dandelion and start recognizing the gift in every part of us. When we do so, we will not hunger for what other’s have. We will learn that what we need, we have within ourselves. What we have will grow and overflow, when we begin to generously share our gifts with the world. 

“Dandelions show the beauty of persistence,” they said, “dandelions offer endurance.” They tell me that digging their roots, actually helps them grow deeper. In other words, despite all our efforts to displace them, they persist. Humans dig, poison and curse the dandelion, yet they persist. They endure.

They have helped me find the courage to not only dream my dreams, but to give them roots, let them blossom – and then release them into the world. My recently published novel, “In the Arms of the Spiral” is a case in point. It’s challenging to put oneself out into a world that can be quite critical – people can dig at your vulnerable spots, poison you with words and even curse the things you create. Just the possibility of these can kill one’s creativity. But we must blossom; we must birth our gifts into the world and let our light shine upon it.

Dandelions grow deep, they blossom. In their fluff stage, they surrender to the wind (and to little girls making wishes). Wherever the wind takes them, they offer their gifts there. They endure, I believe in part, because they do not attempt to control where the wind takes what they’ve made. This perhaps is our biggest challenge; we must offer our gifts to the world without any attachment to where they are taken, or how they are received. We must simply trust that they will endure – for as long as they are needed.

 

One more fact about dandelions: they are a primary food source for bees. We need bees. They pollinate plants, giving us fruits and vegetables –  Bees support our food supply in significant ways. Let’s return the favor. Suffer the dandelions! It’s just plain good sense.

(Dip your toe in the science of bees and the relationship of bees and dandelions.)

The next time you see a dandelion (even if you mow it down or smother it with poison) take a moment to accept its wisdom. See it as a reminder and encouragement to:

Grow Deep, Blossom,

Use Your Gifts Where’er the Wind Blows You.

ITAOTS1aThe wind has blown my book here. It’s a lovely novel full of stories about connecting to the wisdom of the earth. I hope you enjoy it.

It has taken root in a series. The second book will be blooming in the next few months. I’ll let you know when it’s in full fluff and finding its way in the world.

Till next time, ~ Lena

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