“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.” ― Zen Shin
The phrase “Beautiful Soul” has been commonly used since a while back. These two very simple words describe true beauty, which comes from within. It means to have a thoughtful, genuine, selfless, kind-hearted trait that dwells and stays in a person. It exceeds a mere temporary being such as physical beauty. It is a trait that is everlasting; planted in the person’s very core, foundation and conscience.
Just like humans, flowers are also beautiful in their own unique way. Flowers are often associated with beauty and happy emotions. Flowers represent traits of what beautiful souls have which are love, joy, gratitude, comfort, appreciation, celebration and such in its own way; flowers have such an impactful effect to us, humans. They may seem small but a flower could make someone’s day better, could make them step closer into self-loving and embracing themselves, could make them feel more appreciated and cared for. They are beautiful and special this way.
For decades, flowers have been an essential part of our society. In a grand scale, flowers might come off as a very simple, harmless, small living species that holds no importance in human life. This is where you are wrong. When you really think about it closely, you will slowly realize that despite being small in size it holds a very significant impact in everyone’s life. Flowers are easily a perfect representation of our human life; it is planted, growing, blooming and lastly, it withers. Flowers themselves are commonly associated with beauty and positive emotions and such any act accompanied with a flower adds more meaning and value to it. With so much positive connotation a flower has, flowers are also connected with the act of giving and receiving. When you decided you want to buy a flower, it shows a desire to please others who will receive it at the other end – no matter what the occasion might be. It could be in the name of friendship, love, celebrations, festivity or simply just to show appreciation and gratitude to someone.
Art and music has always been commonly argued and discussed as a universal language where people anywhere, despite the all of their differences, circumstances, languages, ethnicities and cultures, could unite in them and celebrate it together without prejudice. It is a common ground and a mutual understanding for people all over the world. Flowers are no different. It might as well be listed already on the list of “things that is considered as universal languages”. People all over the world would understand flowers even in the most sensitive events and situations. Flowers are suitable for all things from celebration to an act of showing condolences. This wide range of meaning and versatility is, safe to say, the power of flowers.
Flowers have such a huge influence in Europe – especially in France. It all started with man, woman and kids alike just selling flowers in stalk with a basket in hand roaming around the city. They call them flower girl or boy. They cultivated the culture of buying and giving flowers to others as a symbol of appreciation, love and joy that it slowly increases demand in flowers. It soon became a custom to have flowers on events and special occasions. The custom slowly spreads all over the world and reaches Asia. People in Asia nowadays start to celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving flowers and bringing flowers for courtesy calls – when it was previously seen as outrageous.3 As a result, demands for western bouquet in Asian country continues to increase.
However, in their own way, Asian country also appreciated flowers and thinks highly of them in more ways than just simply giving and receiving. In countries like Japan, China and South Korea, they celebrate the flower blossoming for the first time when spring comes annually. They would spend the day relaxing under the cherry blossom tree; have a picnic and an overall relaxing, great time with people they cherish and love. Flowers hold a significant part of partially a very big custom and tradition in Asia.
Flowers have language of their own. Back at the Victorian times, floriography – also known as the language of flower – was used as a means of subtle, hidden or a secret way of communicating through flowers and its arrangement as the medium. It allows people to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken. This custom continues on through the years as people continue to use flowers to express their feelings to others in many ways.5
Despite some flowers having a meaning that is universally known, flowers are very expressive and therefore, most of the time, they have multiple meanings. Roses, for example, are commonly known to hold love, beauty and desire as its meaning but in another circumstances, such as religious subjects, it is seen as the catholic symbol of the Virgin and also seen as the emblem of the suffering of Christ and the martyrs for the protestans. Therefore, the language of flowers can be a very crucial aspect when picking which flower to give to someone because a flower can mean a thousand words. A wrong choice of flowers might lead to misunderstandings, confusion, rejection and anger.
Inner beauty comes from within they say, so what’s better than trying to improve one’s mental health and self-satisfaction to achieve a beautiful soul we’ve been searching for so long? In more way than you realize, flowers aren’t just beautiful and pleasing to the eyes and senses but it has a huge, positive and powerful impact when it is able to improve our mental health. This is where inner beauty and flowers intertwine paths.
It was proven from a 2008 study held by Park and Mattson that in general, when a room were decorated with flowers and potted plants people staying there had better performance, concentration, better moods, had lower systolic blood pressure and pulse rates, they were less anxious and tired and were generally in a more positive psychological state compared to others situated in rooms without flowers and plants in it.7 On another occasion, a study held in Mizuho Information & Research Information, Inc., in Tokyo had proven that just with the presence of a flower in the room – to be able to just see flowers – a person’s stress level could decrease and it could easily improve people’s health.8 Although flowers might not totally solve mental health issues, but it certainly does give a good nudge to the right direction for your health.
Most of the time, flowers are seen more often as a gift to or from someone else but what people need to realize is that buying some flower for themselves isn’t unordinary. It can be seen as a treat for oneself after a job well done in school or work, to help decrease anxiety and stress or simply to decorate their dwellings. By doing so, it shows the condition of what’s within is what matters most because it is everlasting.