The craziest botanical I've ever seen in the forest is Meadow Cabbage in Whistler, BC. Filling the air with a musky, powdery scent, it’s a sign of spring + the first thing black bears eat as they wake up from hibernation. Meadow Cabbage flowers reach at least two feet high, with an enormous fluorescent yellow cape canopying a stamen so full of pollen that when you bump into it, a cloud of pollen dust poofs out and settles to the ground. Meadow Cabbage nourishes + feeds our inner vision, helping us gain traction with what we’re building in our lives. Read more here!
By being intentional when taking our flower essences, we remind ourselves, our guides and the universe what it is we want to embody. Choose one of the phrases below that most resonates, or make up your own! Every time you take your elixir, close your eyes and set your intention:
To take it one step further, as you take your elixir and set your intention, visualize everyone else in this program, all around the world, opening to the limitless possibilities that abound By connecting with others in our group, we exponentially multiply the benefit + ripple effect!
When do I feel like I need to do everything myself?
What does true self care look like for me?
What projects or situations do I feel like I keep putting effort into and not getting anywhere?
Where am I expanding/in what parts of my life am I ready for expansion?
What parts of my life would benefit from rest?
Prefer to have a printed sheet with the writing prompts, exquisite practices + a calendar to track your month?
Practice reframing any self talk around your big dreams and visions that implies they deplete you. What about your vision is inspiring + how can it be nourishing for yourself (and others)?
Notice when you’re ‘spinning your wheels’ or feel like you’re working-working-working and not getting anything done. In these moments, practice stepping back and asking yourself what youneed.Is it food? Rest? Dinner with a friend? Ask yourself andlisten to what you have to say.
Write out what nourishes you, separating into different ‘buckets.’ What do you do that nourishes you for:
How can you incorporate these nourishing aspects in each bucket on a regular basis?
If you feel the need to take a break, take it. You'll find that when you allow the space to rest + reset, you'll suddenly realize exactly what you need to do next.
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So, Meadow Cabbage is one of the weirdest looking flowers I've ever seen. It's not so weird looking - it's more just like it feels out of context. I collected it in British Columbia, outside of Whistler, so north of Vancouver, north of Whistler. I actually went back to a place where I had collected many flower essences. One of the first major flower essence collection trips that I took, 10 years later I found myself back at that same place. And it was a different time of year. It was springtime, and so there were different flowers blooming, and Meadow Cabbages. It's just bizarre. It's spring time. It's the Arctic forest. Everything is ... It's like these beautiful forests. Meadow cabbage doesn't suit then. It's not the right name, because it's actually not found in a meadow, it's found in forests. And so, you'll be walking in these forests, and you look around, and it's almost like this weird tropical flower got misplanted, and just took over everywhere. The leaves almost look like huge bok choy, or huge cabbages. So it just looks totally out of place. And then it's sort of like this Jack in the pulpit-like type flower.
And even if you just gently bump it, this massive cloud of pollen comes out from it. It's just prolific, in terms of pollination. And it's the first thing that bears eat when they wake up from hibernation, when sleeping all winter long. It's a very nourishing food for them. It is also sometimes called Skunk Cabbage. I personally loved the scent. For me it smelled like incense to me. Smelled kind of like musk, like incense musk. Not like skunk. Smelled good. It's like musky, forest scent, with a randomly misplanted tropical exotic plant - the forest floor. It's just beautiful. It's a really, really gorgeous plant. And it has become one of my very favorite flower essences, because it has this crazy magical quality of really allowing you to take time to nourish yourself in whatever that may look like.
So for you it could mean shifting your routine, or canceling an appointment, or taking a break from your hardcore exercise plan to just rest, or just taking five minutes. I mean honestly, I'm surprised at how often I find myself just going, “oh wow, it's so nice out. The weather's so great. Why don't we just sit here for five minutes and enjoy this tree? Or enjoy the sky, or enjoy the breeze.” And in those moments of rest, I also find that there is this sort of natural re-prioritization that occurs.
I don't want to say that I'm sitting there thinking the whole time during the break. But I'll just sit there, relax…. and then boom! Like a light bulb. Something will come to me that is top priority, that I need to get done. And then I can go back to whatever I'm doing, but knock out that top priority item first. I find it to be kind of magical. So a really silly example would be, my typical MO, just working really hard, and trying to jam it all in, and making phone calls, and making the phone calls at the end of the day so I don't really reach the people. Versus, I wake up in the morning and instead of checking social media, I sit. And I sit for awhile looking out the window. I have some coffee, do some meditation, and then bing! “Oh my gosh, I need to call this person!”
And I call that person and I immediately get connected through. And it's someone that I've been trying to get in touch with for two or three months, and it's really, really, really important. So it has this way of, for me it almost feels like synchronicity, or like some sort of magic in that, you find yourself doing things with the right timing, more often. And I believe it's because when we allow ourselves time to rest, take a break, nourish, we release a certain amount of resistance that's preventing us from really seeing what's the most important step to take.
And so, Meadow Cabbage flower has this way of reminding us really gently that it's okay to slow down. It's okay to skip that class. It's okay to cancel that meeting. It's okay to not go out with those friends. It's okay to rest. It's okay to go to bed early every night. And in the habitual patterns of even just a little more self nourishment, we re-prioritize, we create enough space to remember what's really truly important.
And in that way we can gain traction what we're up to. We can make some big moves, instead of spin on that hamster wheel. So, question for this first week would be, as you are taking the flower elixir regularly, as much as possible, especially in the beginning, so you can really get a sense of what it's up to in your system, notice where you're slowing down, taking breaks, taking time for yourself.
And one question you could ask yourself is: how could I create more space for nourishment?
And by nourishment I don't necessarily mean self care, and face masks, and baths, although all those things are great. Massage, you know... Those things are very great, but they're also very active - one more thing I put on my list. I got to schedule the appointment, or get the mask, or whatever. And this is more just sitting, resting, being, that kind of nourishment. Where can you take teeny tiny little mini breaks to rest, relax, recharge?
Meadow Cabbage, there is so much I want to talk about today. First thing, I noticed myself using Infinite Love mist a lot this morning. I had like, a little tester bag situation in my bathroom going on because of a recent trip to New York. And sometimes, I can be a little bit like the shoemaker's kids don't have shoes kind of thing. But I had some stuff leftover from New York, and I was like, "why don't I keep this instead of bringing it back to the office?" That’s the first little sign of nourishment there.
Anyway, I started using Infinite Love. I noticed out of all of them, which I hadn't been drawn necessarily to use a lot before in weeks prior. And then at the office, I noticed Kate and Kiya were doing some work together, and they were noticing that Kate's pulse was kind of just like going cuckoo with just Meadow Cabbage. And so they tried out a couple different scenarios of pairing different essences together, and lo and behold, they found out that Kate... This is so funny, because Kiya didn't even know that we provide these ancillary mists to go with each of the Flowerevolution elixirs, because she just gets everything from the office.
And so, she figured out that Kate needed the Infinite Love mist in order to create the kind of results – like in order for Meadow Cabbage to do what it needs to do – and not sort of create havoc in her pulse at this point in time. And to kind of even and smooth things out, she needed to be using Infinite Love mist. I got excited, saying, "Oh My God! That's the one that we sent out this month. How cool is that?"
If you are feeling a little bit overwhelmed or you're having breakouts in your skin, that's another thing I've heard a lot from the girls here. Like, "I'm breaking out and I haven't in forever," or you feel just like a little bit overdrive-y, kind of overstimulated and revved up, or like things are... How to describe it? Sort of jaggedy, a little bit jaggedy and over-energized - then just make sure to keep using Infinite Love in any form that you have it; bath, anointing oil, mist, whatever, to just kind of keep everything soft as the wheels are cranking, and things are turning.
I thought I would just share a few other things that I'm noticing in my life. Maybe some just simple real life examples will be helpful for you to identify where Meadow Cabbage is affecting your life. I have some things that have becomenon-negotiable for me. One is walking twice a day. So for some odd reason, I haven't been going salsa dancing. It's just like, overnight, some little switch flipped and I haven't felt like going. I've felt like going to bed really early at night instead of staying up late dancing. So, I am now going for a walk for like an hour and a half every morning and doing that with different family members, which is also really sweet and fun. Then, walking the dogs at night. There's a lot of walking that has just become a non-negotiable thing for me.
We've been doing this for a long time, but it's very much solidified into a pattern of making the proper time to get lunch, and encouraging everybody at the office to eat lunch, without fail, at the right time. Then I also find myself constantly adjusting my priorities. So, we all have that list of things to do, and whether you put it on paper, or in a book, or in your phone. I'm always using the note section in my phone. And instead of it being sort of a running list, and just seeing what I could do next, I'm not only adjusting my priorities constantly moment by moment, but I'm allowing myself time to sit quietly and notice what arises from the space. Even like, space of nourishment.
So like Sunday, I was watching the kids out by the pool and I just felt really tired, so I thought I'm just going to relax and just recharge, and see what comes up as - what is the next thing that I need to be doing. I did that all weekend. I also did that today - take a few moments to just sit and instead of mentally, intellectually creating, like: "Oh shoot! I got to do this, I got to do this, I got to do this…." Coming from more of a place of nourishment. Whether it's lying in the bathtub, or sitting outside, or taking a break, and seeing what rises to the surface as the most important thing to do in that moment, and then allowing myself the time to execute on that. It's like a "what's next" list, and maybe only one, or two, or three things will arise as being reallyimportant.
So, I would encourage you to take more time for nourishing yourself. Meadow Cabbage certainly helps with that. Then you could experiment with having a “what's next…what’s next?” list, sort of what's next… the few items that are your priorities, not because you think your way through to, "This must be a priority because x, y, z."It's simply what arises in your consciousness as something that you've got juice for; that arose in your own mind. Self-arising juicy next step, if that makes sense.
The other thing I've noticed, which is a little bit different and out of the ordinary, is that I've been wanting to wear the nice clothes. I know it sounds kind of shallow, but I think some of us will have that habit of like, saving the nice things for the nice occasions and then just wearing whatever comfy things we've got in our day to day. At least, that's the pattern that I have. And so I noticed that I'm really just enjoying wearing the nice things, and it's not even like a conscious decision. It's just, "I feel like wearing this," and it's done. Maybe that's a form of nourishment for me.
Question for this week is:
What is nourishment for you?
How are you finding yourself, nourishing yourself in a way that's unusual, or different, or out of the ordinary?
As a result of that nourishment, with what things are you gaining unexpected traction?
Whether it's a health program, an exercise program, an eating program. And program, I just mean like, taking little steps. Whether it's the way you see your relationships – love relationships, family relationships, friendships, travel, money, resources, properties, organizations, projects. And even just simply the way you approach everyone that you see on a daily basis.What are you noticing? How are you nourishing yourself? How is that allowing you unexpected traction?
I feel like with the meadow cabbage elixir, I just kind of keep hammering on the same topic, but I really want to emphasize this idea of priorities, and obviously nourishment and prioritizing nourishment. I'm just trying to think of what happened in my day today. I had a really long lunch meeting and afterwards I felt sort of exhausted, and so I set my timer for 15 minutes to take a power nap, and just crashed at the office for 15 minutes.
Normally, you know, I might feel a little bit guilty for doing that, but 15 minutes. That's 15 minutes and it's a really nice reset of the system, even though I have a million things to do. Who doesn't?
And also, I'm under this time pressure, like a pressure cooker, because I'm leaving for Asia in a week for almost three months, two and a half months. And so it's like I want to just get everything possible done, and it won't. It won't get done and it doesn't all need to get done… right?
I'm sure most of you can relate to the feeling of being under pressure or time crunches or just that sort of sense of feeling like you have tons of things to do. And I just want to emphasize the idea of priorities and making sure that you take it easy enough or do things with enough spaciousness, that you allow for the highest priority items to make themselves very clear in your mind.
Another example from today would be, you know, I think in the past I might have been more, really need to just focus and get things done. And my teacher was at the office today, and he was over sitting near Taylor and he started talking and raised a really, really interesting conversation. I just stepped away from whatever I was working on and joined the conversation to listen, because... whatever that conversation was about, was extremely long-term ramifications and really top, top, top priority for me - like I could just drop everything because it's the highest priority.
And so I'm sure you have those things in your life - like children or pets or your family or friends or people that mean a lot to you; or time with yourself or time to clarify what you're up to. And I think it's a constant challenge in this modern life to you know, really look at how we allocate our time and energy and attention overall, like presence; like who we give our full 100% attention and presence, and listening to - that's such a precious and rare commodity. It's such a precious and rare commodity in our culture, in our world.
And so really looking at that as a priority this week. Like you know, if you were going to die in a year from now, or six months from now, how would that impact the choices that you're making today in terms of how you spend your time? Does that give any perspective on what things matter a lot, and what things don't matter so much? I think it's easy to get wrapped up in all the little things we have going on, and give them more weight and importance, and let them affect our nervous systems more than is merited, I guess we could say.
So really trying to open our systems, our energies, and our hearts to this sort of like greater perspective, and greater priority in life and really looking, really focusing on where we put our attention and our presence. Who and what are we making our number one priority? It's funny, I was obsessed and addicted with salsa dancing and then I haven't been able to go dancing in a month. And I think about it and I'm just like, "Nope, nope. It's just not it right now. It's not my top priority."
I have so many really, really, really important things that I'm working on right now, and as fun as it is ,and as lovely as the exercise is, and as lovely as the community is, it's not my number one priority. I'm really shooting big. I'm thinking big. I'm going to take some big risks. It's just not my top priority right now.
Really looking at where I allocate my time, and energy, and attention, and presence, and resources. I would encourage you to do the same. So really thinking this week about, again, I keep repeating these words, but prioritizing where your time, and attention, and presence goes. Who are you giving your attention to? Who are you giving your full attention to? Or what are you giving your full attention to?
Are you continuing to take little micro breaks here and there where you can? Allowing your mind to rest, so that those high priorities can rise to the surface. Again, where are you putting your time, and attention, and presence? Is some of that time and attention focused on yourself? What are your priorities right now?
My teacher gave us a really helpful technique today for working through decision making, and I never heard him describe it quite like this before, and it's really interesting. It's something that I think I've tried to practice on my own, but it was really nice to hear him articulate it, and something that I would like to practice a lot going forward, so that I can speak more to it from my own experience. And that is, he talks about contemplation.
So it's a funny word because... it's just a funny word. Contemplation. What does that mean? And for example, here's a real example: we are rezoning the building that we're in so that we can do some more interesting commercial uses for it. Like for example: a cafe. And so we were looking at two different zoning options and trying to decide between the two, and there are some pros and cons to both. Okay, so he was saying, any time you engage the thinking process, like going back and forth and like weighing all the options, and running through all the pros and cons; and anytime you get on the thinking train, you're just getting further away from clarity. And he said instead of thinking about it, what you want to do is contemplate. That's a funny word for me. Contemplate.
So I was asking like, so does that mean you sort of like make an intention that you're seeking a particular answer, and then just sort of hold it in the meditative space and wait until an “A-Ha” moment arises? Wait until your wisdom arises? And he said yes, and that's something that I've practiced before and it works really well. So like, in terms of like gaining clarity on a particular issue and you know, just sort of staying to yourself: “I am looking to get to the bottom of this” or “I'm looking to make a decision about this”, and just sort of holding it. Holding it, holding it, holding it. It's kind of sitting, relaxing, being in a meditative state. And then things eventually clarify and it's like boom! You get the answer. Kind of like first thought, best thought.
But then as he was talking, I understood a different take on what he was saying, which was to really see into the essence of that particular issue. To really in a sense focus on the priority, and to sort of feel into what's the most important thing about this issue and you may be choosing: A or B, A or B, A or B or A or B or C. And rather than go into all those different thoughts, and future, and options, and back and forth, to feel into the essence and what's most important, and the priority of that decision. Like, the main priority essence of that decision and sort of stay with that, and see what arises from that priority essence, if that makes any sense at all.
I hope that makes sense. This concept of contemplation versus thinking. And then he gave some fantastic advice which we will put into practice in all of our companies, which is instead of coming together as a group and coming up with lots of ideas, each person gets assigned a particular topic or project that we're working on. We go off separately and we just relax and sort of meditate on or contemplate - meaning, holding that idea in our conscious awareness and then seeing what things arise. And then coming back into the group and sharing sort of these are the “Ah-Ha’s” or “Ah-Ha” moments, or wisdom pieces, or this is what arose for me around this project. And then sharing that wisdom, everyone sharing their wisdom together, versus sometimes when we have ideas, then we get into this mode where we bang ideas off each other and then, “what if that happens? What if that happens? So we could do this?” And we kind of like talk ourselves into circles. So making sure we build in that time for contemplation.
So I hope this is helpful for you when you find yourself at a crossroads and needing to make a decision. To be able to carve out some time to rest, relax and hold that intention of coming to the wisest conclusion in your awareness, and then being able to just relax and rest and wait until that insight arises and/or feel into the priority essence of what's most important. Most, most, most important about whatever decision it is that you're making.
So the question for this week could be: is there anything in your life that you're having to make a decision about? And can you put this method into practice?