Between the end of March and the beginning of April, cherry blossoming reaches its peak. It is a breathtaking sight: hundreds of trees bloom together, wearing themselves with a cloud of pale corollas. An ethereal veil of rare beauty destined to last only for a few days and then fall to the ground in a lovely pinkish-white rain.
In Japan, cherry blossom viewing is a century-old practice of contemplation known as the “Hanami”. The custom of drinking and having lunch under “sakura” trees was originally limited to the elite of the Imperial Court, but soon spread to samurai and, lastly, to the common people. Nowadays it is a festive moment to delight in the beauty of the full bloom and enjoy picnicking with friends.
The Autumn Cherry Blossom Festival
The poetic view of cherry blossoms is not only celebrated in Japan but almost anywhere it’s possible to admire the majestic trees in bloom. Even if in these difficult times it’s not possible to enjoy such beautiful scenarios in person, there is still a place where nature will offer us a second blooming this year: Shillong in India.
Here, cherry trees bloom in November, in the middle of Autumn! Two thousand Himalayan Cherry Trees were planted in the Khasi Hills region by the Government of Meghalaya a few years ago. Their yearly blossoming is so peculiar that the region hosts the only Autumn Cherry Blossom Festival in the world.
If in Japan cherry blossoms are associated with the clouds which share the ephemeral nature of flowers, it is even more curious that Meghalaya means exactly “abode of the clouds” in Sanskrit. It fits perfectly as Meghalaya shows wild and rainy landscapes and its mountains and hills are suggestively wrapped in fog.
The message of the cherry blossoms
The ephemeral nature of the cherry blossom is also connected to the Japanese aesthetic concept known as "Mono No Aware” which means sensitivity and awareness of impermanence. It is frequently translated as the “ahh-ness” of things. Mono no Aware is, therefore, the ability to feel surprised for things, the beauty of life and love, and evokes a gentle sadness at their passing.
It is an activity that encourages introspection by enhancing the capacity to stay grounded in the present moment.
Cherry flowers are also a symbol of renewal and a fresh start. They show how beautiful life can be, teach us to appreciate what we already have, and focus on essential things such as our most authentic feelings and relationships.
In such difficult times, their vibrant and delicate beauty brings us a message of hope and resilience: the circle of life continues, no matter what.
Petals of Rose Quartz
The pale pink of sakura flowers recalls the color of rose quartz, a crystal that has always been associated with the heart and its chakra called Anahata. Just like the practice of contemplating cherry blossoms, wearing rose quartz promotes the awakening of delicate emotions, enhances sensitivity to beauty and helps one tune into our deepest desires.
We can visualize our heart as a bud, delicate and vulnerable, that expresses our most authentic grace and, when opened, spreads it around us like a melodious chant.
Just as a flower responds to the caresses of the wind and sun, our heart feeds on love and beauty. And nature is full of blessings! Tuning with beauty is also a powerful emotional self-healing exercise. While fear tends to close the heart and contract the muscles around it in an extreme attempt to protect it, the contemplation of the miraculous beauty of nature is a key that invites the fourth chakra to open and express itself. Feeling good is not just an act of pure hedonism as pleasure shows us the way to the fullest expression of our nature.
Bearer of inner peace, serenity and joy, a rose quartz amulet is a precious guide to overcome difficult moments, reminding us to come back to our center when overwhelmed. And give yourself that kindness and tenderness that you really need.