In our mindfulness tradition we have a practice called Flower Watering. There are different ways in which it can be done but it basically involves telling others all of the good things you appreciate and like about them and allowing them to do the same with you. Yesterday we had one of our Montana Open Way Sangha board meetings. Our board members come from three different areas around western Montana and we meet to talk about local retreats, days of mindfulness, and other sangha related business. Our meetings tend to be an all day event, since we don’t meet very often. Each of our local sanghas also has their own council meetings regularly but our state wide board only meets 2-3 times a year. Yesterday, to close our board meeting, our final agenda item was to do Flower Watering. We had never done it before together as a board and it was just wonderful.
We had a vase of flowers and it was set in front of someone to start, which happened to be me. We were a circle of 8 and one by one people offered me their words of appreciation and other thoughts of honoring and love. We then passed the vase around and continued the process which each person. It took us quite a while to go through everyone but the spirit that was generated and held was so sweet that the time passed by rather effortlessly. It was a lovely way to end our board meeting and while I was quite tired at the end of the day I was also refreshed from the Flower Watering.