July 12, 2016
I first fell in love with Rhododendrons when I was asked to speak at a conference in Seattle, WA. The conference was focused on promoting compassionate action and the keynote speaker was HH the Dalai Lama. In his usual style, he made thousands of people melt into softness and stumble out of the conference with huge joyous smiles on their faces.
During that weekend, the Rhododendrons were at their peak blooming season, as if Mother Nature was conspiring with all of us to spread compassion in action. I later found out that Rhododendron is Washington's state flower; I find it so interesting that there are many nonprofits in Washington, all dedicated to promoting the practice of compassion in action!
If you are attracted to Pink Rhododendron, you may have felt out of place, vulnerable or unprotected. Or you may be feeling lonely or having doubts about someone's love for you. You may have had a misunderstanding in a relationship that left you feeling despair, anguish or worry that your love is not reciprocated.
If you find yourself getting annoyed with others, finding faults in those around us or being hard on ourselves, it may be related to being hard on yourself. Your capacity to care for others is enhanced by developing compassion for yourself. Softening, and taking a gentle approach with both yourself and others, can melt glaciers and move mountains.
Pink Rhododendron inspires us to treat ourselveswith compassion and genuine care. This means you don't have to look for love outside of yourself, so you are not experiencing yearning, loneliness or lack.
It strengthens all types of relationships, especially when we doubt someone's love for us. It dissolves loneliness, yearning for love outside, and any fears that we may not be lovable. It helps us feel valued + included, and it enhances bonding in relationships.
Pink Rhododendron wakes up unconditional love within us—like the love a mother has for her child. Used during parenting, it increases bonding between children and their parents, and is especially beneficial during adoption.
This flower is also part of our Fierce Compassion collection.
Rhododendron (Rhododendron ferrugineum) is a Greek word meaning "rose tree"; they grow in huge clusters on large bushes. There are over 1,000 different varieties of Rhododendron, and you can find them in exquisite colors like cotton candy pink, coral, shocking pink, magenta, yellow, white with bright-colored dots and more.
Originally native to the Himalayas and India, Rhododendron is an auspicious ingredient in incense + smoke offerings performed by Buddhists to remove obstacles + promote love. Rhododendrons can now be found in the Appalachians + Western United States.
Magnifies: Understanding, compassion + empathy; motherly love, comfort, warmth + protection; steadiness, equanimity
Dissolves: Feeling cold, alone, out of place, vulnerable; jealousy, insecurity, despair; fear of misunderstanding or betrayal
Infused with flower essences for magnifying tenderness, appreciation of things just as they are and healing emotional wounds of the heart, Fierce Compassion helps us feel an overall envelopment of love + softness for ourselves + others.⠀
Love + flower petals,