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Flower Power – Bullet Journal

Most people love flowers.  Some love flowers more than others.  The technique at the end of this blog will take flower lovers of any level to new heights.  The 1960’s activists may have been onto something with their “flower power” for peace.

Rutgers University recently conducted a 10-month behavioral study that explored the link between flowers and life satisfaction.  Their findings show that flowers are a natural moderator of moods and have positive effects on emotional health.  Here is a link for more on that study. Rutgers University Flower Power Study

Short Version – Benefits of Flowers in Your Life

Flowers can:

decrease stress

bring happiness

create intimate connections between people

create a happier and idea-filled work environment

impact your immune system

be potent mood elevators

So, you are probably wondering what does this have to do with journaling?  This process is called bullet journaling.  You generally do not write sentences, although you can.  Plus, you can add to your bullets your own drawings or stickers.

If you have flowers at your home (inside or outside), it will be easy.  Or, find a friend or supermarket that does. Pick or buy a bouquet of a variety of flowers so you will have enough flowers for each day for a week.

I’ll use the daylily as an example.  My experience was a heightened awareness of the intricacies of this plant and just how precious and fragile it was.  I came to treasurer this flower after I followed this practice a few years ago.  It is very meditative because you are present with the flower for a few minutes.  And, yes, it only takes a few minutes.

Please share with us your flower and reflections on its beauty.

Flower Bullet Journal Steps:

Step One: Pull out your journal or a piece of paper.  (a journal book is not required)

Step Two: Pick a flower you love that is in full bloom.

Step Three:  Take a few deep breaths to calm and center yourself.

Step Four:  Begin describing the flower in detail.  You do not need to know botanical terms or be flamboyant in your description.  When you first begin doing this exercise, you may only see two or three characteristics.  I recommend you sit still and keep looking at the flower.  More will come.

 

Daylily From Joan’s Garden

Daylily Reflection:

Its color is dark orange with an apricot center reaching up to the center of each petal.

Seven stamens with brown and yellow bits of powdery stuff on the ends when you touch it.

Six petals

Water collects on the petals

 

Petals are 4 inches long

Very silky to the touch

The underside of the petals is a lighter apricot than the center of the flower, and there are ridges on the underside probably to give it strength.

Green tint at the base of the flower

Mild fragrance

One stamen is very different from the others and has no pollen on the end.  Wonder what that is?

Stamens with the pollen are very dark compared to the lone stamen.

The stamens with the pollen start out light near the base of the flower then darken.

Humble Request

Please, if you wish, share a picture of one flower and your description on Journal Your Way FB page or reply to this email.  We would all love to see what you see in your flower.  It is very interesting how we will all see something different and describe the flower differently.   We are all unique and add beauty and peace to our world in very different ways.

 

 

About 

My long career as a CPA and Certified Financial Planner has kept me locked into numbers for a long time. But, over those years, I have come to understand the power of journaling or writing ideas and thoughts on paper. My hope is for one of these books to resonate with you and to provide you the tools to get what you want in life.

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