Want to get inspired?

Get your Free e-workbook & Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life motivation delivered straight to you inbox!

Tag Archives: flower

4 Ways To Be “Like A Flower” On May Day & Every Day


“Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun.”
—Kahlil Gibran

When I was a child, I always looked forward to May Day—it was one of my favorite days! In my Catholic grade school, it was tradition for the teachers to name one of us girls the “May Day” queen. The May Day queen would lead a procession around the statue of Mary in the garden, while wearing a crown of flowers on her head.

There were so many reasons I loved this day, but honestly, a really big reason was that crown of flowers! Flowers have a way of making everything feel even more special. So, on this May Day, let’s celebrate springtime by taking a look at a few valuable life lessons from the beautiful flowers that brighten our world.

When we look to nature for guidance with just the right perspective, we can find hidden messages, as well as bold statements, in nearly everything! Flowers, especially, with their bright, bold colors have much to teach us. Isn’t it interesting that flowers are a lot like people? They come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes, fragrances, and colors, just like us!

Let’s take a look at these 4 ways to be like a flower, and begin budding—so that we can unfold our beauty into the world:

  1. Take your time, but have a plan. A bud develops naturally with the purpose of someday blossoming into a flower. This is done with an intentional order and an inner knowing that nature has set it on its current path to fulfill its purpose in the world.
  2. Be daring. Opening up to the world to show what you are made of—petals and all—can feel a bit risky. But if a flower chose to remain a bud for its lifetime, it would never get to experience the wonders of the natural world or share its fragrance in a way that draws others to it.
  3. Be authentically you. A flower is not a certain way because it is called a daisy or a tulip or a daffodil. Flowers are authentically themselves no matter what they are called. This reminds me of William Shakespeare’s saying, “A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet.” This is a great life lesson: our authentic selves are not subject to labels, so why try to be a daisy if we are daffodils? Instead, let us rejoice in who we are.
  4. Live with purpose. A flower has a season, and during that season, it lives its life as fully as it can, carrying out its purpose of simply being a flower and all that entails. Some flowers decorate tables, some get distilled down into their oils, some return to the earth, and some provide nourishment. Whatever the case may be, the simple purpose of a flower is to bring itself into the world and live its life as best as it can.

Keeping these 4 lessons of the flower in mind can inspire us to have a renewed perspective on the beauty of just being ourselves fully and brilliantly for the season of our lives.


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

3 Ways To Find Meaning In Everyday Life


“Challenging the meaning of life is the truest
expression of the state of being human.”
—Viktor E. Frankl

We can often get caught up in the thought that we must be doing something noteworthy and extraordinary for life to be meaningful. Thinking like this may cause us to go through our days on autopilot, waiting for the big occasions, the major accomplishments, or the life-changing events that will mark our lives. I want to assure you that there is meaning everywhere; our ordinary life is our spiritual life, our meaningful life.

  1. Consider the Dandelion…
    At the end of my book The Practice, I share why the dandelion was chosen to represent the spiritual life as part of the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life logo. The dandelion is such an “ordinary” flower (or weed, as some might call it), and it is found abundantly on lawns and in fields and even in the most inhospitable places. Yet, the dandelion has many extraordinary health benefits and amazing properties. We search the fields in the distance for the flower that will take our breath away, but it is right there at our feet, shining brightly like a sunburst.
  2. Experience Life in Real Time…
    Like the dandelion, those awe-inspiring moments we all hope to experience are everywhere! We often miss them because we are looking beyond the moment toward some future moment that we believe will bring us wisdom, joy, peace, and love. Stop here and pause a minute; those beautiful qualities are always with us—even in the most inhospitable of circumstances. When we look within daily through a practice of sitting in silence, aligning our mind, body, and spirit, we begin to see the outside world with a deep knowing that, if we are to find meaning, we need look no further than the ordinary moments that make up our days. How do we do this? By being present to what is right in front of us.
  3. Practice Focused Attention…
    Know that everything in life can have importance and value, even the simplest and most mundane tasks, when we are open and aware. The next time you are doing something “ordinary” like washing the dishes, taking care of a routine function at work, or grocery shopping, practice Focused Attention by placing your attention entirely on the task at hand. Whatever your task, great or small, know that you are doing the most magnificent thing you could ever possibly do…living in the moment.

I close with a quote by Viktor Frankl, author of Man’s Search for Meaning, whose life and message serve as great inspiration for us to lead our most magnificent lives:

“In spite of all the enforced physical and mental primitiveness of the life in a concentration camp it was possible for spiritual life to deepen…we retreat from the terrible surroundings to a life of inner riches and spiritual freedom.”


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.