My amaryllis are blooming with their 4 wonderful, large flowers, facing in the 4 directions.
If you have lived (or stayed in a hotel) near a mosque, you know the P.A. system booms out a resonant call to prayer 5 times a day. No matter which direction you live in, you can hear the call a half-a-mile away. This reminder of our spirituality pervades the entire area around the mosque.
My amaryllis is silent, but it reminds me to send loving-kindness out to the 4 directions. As the Buddha said,
I will abide pervading one-quarter* with a mind imbued with loving-kindness,
Likewise the second**, likewise the third, likewise the fourth.
So above and below, around and everywhere,
and to all as to myself.
I will abide pervading the all-encompassing world with a mind imbued with loving-kindness,
Abundant, exalted, immeasurable,
without hostility, and without ill-will.
To hear this chant, listen here.
* one-quarter of the universe ( I think of this as one of the cardinal directions.)
** the second quarter (I think of this as the next cardinal direction, etc.)