Forget all the fads – what better way to achieve inner wellbeing than filling your home and your life with lots and lots of lovely flowers? Freddie’s customer Louise Simpson explains how she accidentally found true contentment…
If you’re anything like me, you’re attracted to the concept of mindfulness. Being calm. Being thankful for the small pleasures of life. Appreciating the present moment and letting the worries of the modern world drift away.
Yes, a place of true inner tranquility is definitely worth aiming for. It’s getting there that’s the problem. There seem to be so many routes, from meditation to Pilates to ‘clean eating’, which seems to involve consuming vast quantities of kale. I’ve tried plenty, and no doubt they all work for someone, just not me. (For a start, I really like consuming ‘non-clean’ things, like chocolate. And gin.)
So although I have good intentions for finding physical and mental wellbeing and Zen-like calm in the present, nothing ever quite seems to stick. It’s frustrating. In fact, chasing mindfulness turns out to be really quite stressful.
How weekly flower deliveries saved my soul
But then, not long ago, I noticed a change. I realised that something rather wonderful seemed to be happening to me, and it was all to do with the sudden flow of flowers into my life.
My Freddie’s Flowers day is a Friday, and that’s become a special day in our house. When the box comes, my two young daughters and I gather excitedly around it in the family room. Then we open it up, read the rather fab instruction/information leaflet, and spend an extremely enjoyable ten minutes carefully arranging the flowers. Wonderful, unexpected, unusual flowers – often ones I’ve never heard of.
And then we have another enjoyable ten minutes of playing with last week’s flowers – and even the ones from the week before that if they’re still going strong: mixing and matching, trimming and rearranging, moving the vases around the house.
That’s twenty solid minutes of just thinking about flowers and nothing else – a good dose of mindfulness if ever there was one. But the effects last much longer than that. All through the week I find myself taking lovely moments to stop and just gaze contentedly at my various floral displays. I think it’s partly because the flowers are so splendid, but also partly because I’m secretly proud of my new-found arranging skills.
Anna Ancher: Interior with the painter’s daughter Helga sewing, Anna Ancher
But whatever the reason, a weekly supply of flowers has made my home more attractive, greatly improved my appreciation of natural beauty and generally helped make me a calmer and more sane person.
In other words, I bought a flower subscription and I accidentally found inner wellbeing. Thank you, Guru Freddie…
Six Not Particularly Sensible Alternative Wellness Treatments
If arranging flowers seems too sensible a way to achieve inner peace and harmony, you could always try one of these wellness treatments from around the world…
1) Whole Body Cryotheraphy
Yes, at the Renew Juicery in Los Angeles you can freeze your entire body in liquid nitogren for a mere $70 a session.
2) Trip out on iboga
Apparently an increasing number of westerners are travelling to the central African country of Gabon to take part in an ancestral religious rite which involves facepainting, dancing and ingesting a root called iboga. Iboga is said to have healing powers, but French health officials have called it a ‘hallucinogenic and highly toxic drug’ and warned tourists to stay well clear.
3) Dream Reality Cinema
Another LA craze this, the Dream Reality Cinema is like a normal cinema except it serves up lucid dreams instead of films via something called ‘biocybernetics’. According to the website, this is ‘the ultimate brain hack, teaching individuals the key method for manifesting ones dreams in waking life.’
4) Moisturising with snail slime
Yes, really. Snail slime.
5) Japanese crying therapy
Originating in the Kansai region of Japan, the practice of ruikatsu involves spending hours listening to sad stories and being reminded of the dead pets of your childhood. The resultant weeping is said to be good for you.
6) Bathe in wine
Staying in Japan, the Yunessun Spa Resort allows visitors to immerse themselves in giant communal baths of coffee, ramen or red wine. Actually that last one sounds rather good.
A eucalyptus, pussywillow, alstroemeria from Freddie’s Flowers