Self Care

What Daylilies Can Teach Us About Protecting Our Energy

When I first learned that a daylily flower lasts for only one day, I cried about the shortness of its beautiful life. But once I thought about the bloom as just one piece of the whole plant, I realized that a piece had to die for the good of the whole. And daylilies do not just have one flower. You see, one plant can have many blooms, so many in fact, that people often think it is the same flower opening and closing each night. In reality, a new bud opens daily and then dies that night.

As I contemplated the workings of this plant, I began to see a message for how to live my own life. I see our own blossoms as the light and energy we exude that attract others to us. They are our beauty, our gifts, our innate goodness on display. They are our ideas, our loving relationships, and our hopeful endeavors. When we open ourselves up to the world, we are not only able to share with others, but we are also more vulnerable to attack. It behooves us to close off our energy to that bloom when darkness approaches. Even though it may feel like a part of us is dying, we are storing up our energy for a new day. We won’t let the darkness inside to consume us, and we don’t have to be afraid to open ourselves up again once the daylight has arrived.

It is all about balance and boundaries. It may be that the bloom is an idea we had, a project we started, or a relationship that we poured our heart into. But as soon as we sense the darkness creeping into it, we can protect ourselves by ending it before it becomes toxic. We know that although one thing comes to an end, we do not come to an end.

We can trust that a new beautiful flower will blossom in the morning, once we are safe in that light that surrounds us and feeds us. And the light will always return, even when the night feels long.

About the Author: Julie Glaser is a healer who creates sacred spaces for people to share, release, and grow. She’s in the habit of being in awe and wonder and writes to share her own experiences and learnings with other inquisitive souls in the process of transforming.

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