Wednesday, June 4, 2014


A wildflower named gaywings is growing in a shady spot beside a sidewalk. I transplanted it there last spring and am astonished that it "took."

Gaywings takes my breath away with its magenta airplane flowers.

Gaywings has been growing in one spot in the woods ever since i bought this land 35 years ago. Recently, we have cut down some trees, and now the colony of gaywings is threatened by sunnier plants such as sensitive fern and hawkweed.

Transplanting joy is really as easy as transplanting gaywings turned out to be. Place the mind into a secluded spot, such as meditation. Then focus the mind on gratitude or loving-kindness. Or just simply gaze at gaywings for ten minutes.

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