I passed by Olympic Park a few days ago and I decided to stop and take a few pictures of the rose garden. I have been there many times before, but I’ve never seen the roses when they’ve bloomed. While it is a little hot for them now there were still many roses that were fully bloomed and thriving.
I walked around the garden and despite the fact that it is right next to a busy road I could still smell the roses. And while many of the roses had lost their petals they still added beauty to the garden. It reminded me of the cycle of life and how there can still be beauty in death, because death gives life and all around the garden I could see life. Not only the roses, but the bees that were able to drink from the flowers and the smaller beings that all rely on what is in that garden. It felt like a world unto itself.
I decided to relieve myself from the heat and I sought shelter in the shade underneath a cluster of trees. That is when I stumble upon a field of flowers. Surprisingly, there weren’t that many people there so I was able to take pictures and commune with nature at my own pace.
After walking around for several minutes I reached the top of the hill and I was greated by another field of flowers. These flowers felt untamed and wild. They didn’t grow uniformly and there were several different kinds of flowers all growing together, but that made them more beautiful. I felt as though I had been transported to a remote village untouched by the modern world. If felt refreshing to walk through the rows of flowers and I felt blessed to have been able to walk through unbothered and in peace. But right before I left I found 10,000 won(around $10 USD) on the ground. I felt like the spirit of that space was giving me another blessing. I am so thankful and grateful for the time that I was able to spend there.
I love walking in nature. For me, nothing compares to communing with nature and recharging my mind and body with the earth. Now that spring is here I am constantly outside walking around and communing with spirit. However, living in the city can limit my interaction with nature because I am surrounded by tall buildings and artificial materials. Sometimes I feel a little trapped, so I always make time to go to a park.
Luckily, Korea has parks everywhere so it isn’t difficult finding a space in nature. While each park varies in size, I am lucky enough to live near one of the larger ones: Olympic Park. This park is large and has so many different pathways where there is no shortage of grass, trees and flowers.
Sometimes, I am surprised by the similarities between the plants I see and in my home country and it makes me feel more connected to this land. I saw this patch of clovers and this dandelion and many thoughts crossed my mind. They are common plants, yet they hold special meaning and value. Both are edible and dandelion holds medicinal properties, which my mother had readily available for me whenever I was sick. It was also a flower that I would hold and make a wish before blowing its airy seeds into the air. Whenever I see a clover the child in me can’t help but try and find a four leaf clover for luck.
I happened upon these newly opened blossoms that remained nearly unnoticed.
Another place I love going to is Seoul Forest. Each area offers something different to see and I walked by a new path where there were’t many people around. I felt so blessed to see the newly opened flowers and be welcomed into their home.
As I walked around I came across a tree that was exploding with blossoms. I was surprised because it was the only tree on the lane that had flowers and it was so stunning that it attracted the attention of all who walked by.
While nature may not abound in the city there is always a place that she can be found. Open your mind and heart to the whispers of the Goddess. Let her voice guide you to the place that will bring you into communion with her and the spirits of the earth )0(