A PLUM BLOSSOM: SOULS TEMPERED IN THE DEPTH OF EXPERIENCE, GROWING IN STRENGTH AND UNYIELDING COURAGE

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“In the midst of winter, before snow melts and the swallow returns, PLUM TREE BLOSSOMS onto the barren landscape, bracing the harshness of winter and reminding people spring will come. Celebrated here is the vitality of life, endurance through hardship, and hope that life will regenerate.

The PLUM BLOSSOM has been an important symbol in Chinese culture. As a “friend of winter,” the plum blossom most vividly represents the value of endurance, as life ultimately overcomes through the vicissitude of time. The fragrance of plum blossoms “comes from the bitterness and coldness,” as the Chinese saying goes. Souls are tempered in the depth of experience, growing in inner strength and unyielding courage.

Unity of culture and nature has been an important part of the Chinese tradition, and elements of nature embody important cultural values. The plum, together with the orchid, bamboo, and chrysanthemum, have been named the “four nobles” of plants by the ancient Chinese, each because of its noble characteristics, such as purity (orchid), uprightness (bamboo), and humility (chrysanthemum).

Zhu Xi, a noted Song Dynasty Confucian scholar, gave the plum four virtues: the great potential in the bud, prosperity in the flower, harmony in the fruit, and rightness in its maturity—all of which embody the characteristics of heaven (qian), according to the Book of Change. Chinese also see the five-petaled flower as symbolizing five blessings: longevity, prosperity, health, virtue, and good living.”                                           BY; http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1497107-the-plum-blossom-a-symbol-of-strength/

PURPLE: I wanted to use the colour purple because it was my mother’s favorite colour. She wore it a lot and looked very beautiful in it. I like it too. It is “the” colour for 2017 and it’s spiritual meaning helps me express who I am and where I am coming from

 

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