Embodied Practice, Part 6: Messages From The Wildflowers

By Eliza Demarest

 
Trail hike from Aspen to Crested Butte.  Photo by Julia Hedman, Aspen City of Wellbeing Marketing Director

Trail hike from Aspen to Crested Butte. 

Photo by Julia Hedman, Aspen City of Wellbeing Marketing Director

 

It's officially summer and COLORado is exploding in wildflowers. My first visit to Crested Butte was spent flower gazing, mountain biking, camping, and exploring the town with a favorite person of mine. The funky, colorful buildings, the availability of bicycles that lined the streets, the amount of smiling faces outside talking to each other and the vastness of the green valley are what make this small community so charming.

I am not an experienced mountain biker, but I was up for the challenge of doing something outside of my comfort zone. To me, mountain biking is very similar to skiing or snowboarding; I get tunnel vision. My vision is keen, but the background is sometimes a blur; my focus is on what matters the most: the roots, rocks, plants and in the summer, it’s on the wildflowers.

There are at least 500 different kinds of wildflowers in Colorado, according to the US Wildflower database website.

I am a lover of all flowers. However, the experience of brushing my fingers through a colorful field of wildflowers is incomparable. To me, the heart of a wildflower embodies metaphors for life.


Wildflowers ground themselves in organic earth. Their roots are born deep in the dark ground. in time, they slowly grow up towards the light and transform into a beautiful wildflower. The wildflower is still able to find nourishment from the roots. It pulls bits and pieces from each stretch towards the light as it continues to grow. A wildflower always faces the rising sun; and when the sun sets, the wildflower closes. 


As I cruised down and around Crested Butte's trail berms, I listened to what nature's surroundings had to say. 

Here are some messages I gathered from the wildflowers...

 

Mules ear flower

Essentialism is happiness, strength and love.

 
Courtesy of Eliza Demarest, Aspen City of Wellbeing Contributor 

Courtesy of Eliza Demarest, Aspen City of Wellbeing Contributor 

 

Columbine

Never become too foolish to be afraid.

Courtesy of Creative Commons  

Courtesy of Creative Commons

 

Indian Paintbrush

Creativity saves the mind.

Courtesy of Creative Commons

Courtesy of Creative Commons

Lupine

Be a dreamer. Imagination will get you everywhere.

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Courtesy of Creative Commons


Courtesy of Eliza Demarest

Courtesy of Eliza Demarest

Originally from Mount Shasta, California - Eliza is a wellness focused contributor at Aspen City of Wellbeing. She's a lover of all things wellbeing: smoothies, yoga, meditation, glitter, flowers, and time in nature. She's an aspiring road hog. Be sure to honk or wave if you see her cruising on her Harley through the Roaring Fork Valley. 

 
Elizabeth Demarest