In "The Secret Garden", Francis Hodgson Burnett wrote "Where you tend a rose, my lad, A thistle cannot grow." During the COVID crisis, I see thistles everywhere. Misinformation, racism, political propaganda outweighing the lives of our neighbours – it's difficult to wrap my mind around the shameless perpetuation of hate and fear in the media. Reading this quote made roses a powerful image for meditation for me. Visualizing the spiraling swirls of delicate petals, with stems and leaves growing from and surrounding me doesn't lessen the tragedy and urgency of the crisis, but it brings peace to an anxious, depressive mind.
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