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?