Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair

In a couple of months I will visit San Francisco for the very first time and I can promise you, that I will make sure to wear some flowers in my hair.

This sunday I am hosting the third Afternoon Pancake event. The theme is American Pancakes, and I will serve them with fresh berries and maple syrup. If I am lucky maybe some of my guest will celebrate the beginning of summer, and wear flowers in their hair.

Flowers are such delicate and fragrant beings, and have been the inspiration for many artists, poets and mystics.

Looking at a flower can give you a sense of joy – raising your awareness and increasing your presence.

“Buddha is said to have given a “silent sermon” once during which he held up a flower and gazed at it.  After a while, one of those present, a monk called Mahakasyapa, began to smile.  He is said to have been the only one who had understood the sermon.  According to legend, that smile (that is to say, realization) was handed down by twenty-eight successive masters and much later became the origin of Zen.”

– Eckhart Tolle

There has been many interpretations as to the point Buddha was making; one is that things come and go (this too shall pass), another, that Buddha was trying to illustrate the concept of “suchness” – that things are just as they are, and a third, that an enlightened (ego-less) mind springs from our egoistic minds in the same way a lotus flower springs from pond muck.

We don´t have to agree on any of the interpretations – but I do hope, that you will wear flowers in your hair this sunday.

Author: Camilla Hilbrands

Camilla formed the company At Work A/S in 1992 at the age of 20 and has been active as a wellbeing expert ever since. She has followed and been involved in creating the development within health and wellbeing in the workplace from its modest beginnings at the start of the 1990s, and she has, among other things, been an expert at National Centre for Workplace Health Promotion (Nationalt Center for Sundhedsfremme på Arbejdspladsen). Camilla is an experienced leader, teacher and speaker and spends most of her time developing and arranging courses and concepts that aim at increased wellbeing for individuals and groups. Creativity, honesty and social intelligence are Camilla’s strong points, and in addition to this she is known for her passion for and book about pancakes. Her focus is basically resource-oriented and innovative and her tal and workshops are based on the most recent research in the fields of positive psychology, neuroscience and behavioural science. Camilla is an informal and humorous speaker, and with her solid professional background she always leaves her audience with aha moments and specific tools they can use straight away. Camilla is an active participant and networker at various conferences, including TED conferences, and in addition to this she has been enrolled as a member of Richard Branson’s “Change Makers and Rule Breakers”, and she is a strong supporter of the motto: Be the change you wish to see in the world.

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