Dandelion Strong

Let’s consider the humble Dandelion, is it a weed? A nuisance? Something you need to ‘get rid of’? or perhaps its something else.The sweet little Dandelion is one of springs earliest greens that provide us with nourishment after what can often times be a long winter. This plant is rich in vitamins and minerals such as A, C and K, it also contains vitamin E, folate and small amounts of other B vitamins and can provide a substantial amount of several minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Pretty good for a ‘weed’ we want to eradicate from our pristine lawns.

This beautiful, yet unassuming little plant has been used as medicine and food for countless generations.  It even makes a nice wine, that Ray Bradbury (one of my favorite authors) referred to as “… summer caught and stoppered…sealed away for opening on a January day with snow falling fast and the sun unseen for weeks…”… So now I’m going to have to try and make dandelion wine, I’ll keep you posted.

The Dandelion is a resilient plant that seems to grow anywhere and under the most challenging of conditions. But here’s the thing, it doesn’t just grow, it flourishes and thrives. It adapts to the ever-changing landscape and makes the best of its life, and blooms wherever the seed lands. And then, as their color and life start to fade, the fluffy little seedlings are carried away by the softest breeze, eventually landing, setting down roots and creating a whole new generation of dandelions.

The Dandelion is a transformative plant, that transforms throughout its life span to become food, medicine and to spread beauty throughout the landscape of our lives

So what do Yoga and Dandelions have in common? They both teach us the value of being resilient, yoga by its process and the dandelion by example. Yoga gives us the tools to become resilient, to grow where we are planted and to then to share the seeds of resiliency with others. The hardy dandelion also teaches us about community, of reaching out to help others and of leaving something positive behind.

So lets all try to be a little bit more like the Dandelion, work on thriving and flourishing no matter what our circumstances and bloom where we are. And let’s do our best to send out the seeds of resilience and encourage helping others to thrive as well.

Om Shanti

Cheryl

3 Potential Health Benefits of Dandelion

  • Highly Nutritious
  • Contain Potent Antioxidants. …
  • May Help Fight Inflammation. …
  • May Aid Blood Sugar Control. …
  • May Reduce Cholesterol. …
  • May Lower Blood Pressure. …
  • May Promote a Healthy Liver. …
  • May Aid Weight Loss.

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