September 29, 2020
If you’re attracted to the Pink Melastoma flower (Melastoma Malabathricum), you may long for compassionate softness. You may have habits of self-criticism or self-judgment, or feel that the world around you is harsh and overwhelming. You may see aspects of yourself that you either doubt or dislike, or experience shame around some pattern, behavior or action you take part in. You may get irritated or frustrated with parts of yourself or your limitations.
The Pink Melastoma flower feels like a warm embrace. It expands your aura into greater warmth, compassion and gentleness. It helps you acknowledge and accept all parts of yourself, even your shame, anger and self-perceived limitations. It helps you welcome your own true inner nature, as well as the sticky, rocky, edgy aspects of your character. Embracing the challenging, irritable parts of ourselves with love speeds up resolution.
I collected the Pink Melastoma flower on the largest volcano of the island of Taiwan called Yangmingshan Mountain. After driving up to the top, passing sulfury steam vents, we parked and walked through the lush greenery to the river. Next to the cold river, there are a few places where only locals know about the mini hot springs inside large river rocks. We soaked, swam in the river, and traced down the river on the rocks until we found this gorgeous pink flower growing high up on a rocky river bank.
This Pink Melastoma is a wild Taiwanese rhododendron species. It’s an hyperaccumulator of aluminium, meaning that it absorbs aluminum from the earth; therefore, it can be used in phytoremediation processes when there is excessive aluminum in the environment.
In the same way that the flower can absorb harmful or unsavory metals from the environment and transform them, the essence of the flower can help us welcome unsavory aspects of ourselves and transform them.
MAGNIFIES: Radical self-acceptance; Loving-compassion; Gentle warmth
DISSOLVES: Shame; Self-Judgment; Self-Criticism
Love + flower petals,