Plants Meditation – 5. Poppy

 Plants Meditation

poppyImage: Wikimedia Commons

 Plant Name:  Poppy
  • Sleep
  • Peace
  • Death
  • Resurrection
 Information: Poppies are versatile plants which thrive in disturbed soil. This explains why many fields which have not been treated with herbicides are shot through with swathes of red in the summer.

One single poppy seed-head may contain up to 17000 individual seeds, which explains their ability to quickly cover areas of land with their beauty. Incredibly the seeds may lie dormant in the ground for up to a century until the land is disturbed, whereupon they begin to germinate.

Medicinally, the drugs morphine and its darker cousin, opium, are derived from this plant.

Remembrance Day has appropriated the symbol of the poppy, taken from McCrae’s poem, “In Flanders Fields”.

Meditation: What seeds lie dormant in the soil of my life?
What disturbance might be needed to germinate them?
What does death and resurrection look like for me?
Can I hear the voice of the Creator in my dreams?

If you wish to have a printable version you can download a pdf of this here.

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