Throughout the desert landscapes of regions in the Southwest, a yearly beloved phenomenon has started to blossom: the blooming of wildflowers. In areas like the deserts of Southern California where there has been exceptional amounts of rainfall, Super Blooms are taking place, coating the barren desert floors with radiant colors of white, purple, yellow, orange, and red.
Wildflower blooms bring thousands of visitors from near and far to state, county, and National Parks to revel in awe at the natural beauty. Something about the juxtaposition of a stark desert and a delicate field of flowers is enticing. Wildflowers are rare, special, beautiful, and memorable. The poet Rumi once said “There are as many ways of loving as there are people, and that wildflower variety is the great beauty of this dimension of existence.”
It is perhaps the metaphor of the wildflower which draws us to them the most, and not just the metaphor of how wildflowers come to be and what they are once they arrive, but also how they speak to us as women- especially women who are becoming one with the wilderness.
An online poet E.V. wrote “Like wildflowers; you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would.” As women who have found themselves in a difficult time of life by way of unmanageable trauma, addiction, or other mental health issues, we can find ourselves struggling to believe we can grow at all. We lose our sense of confidence, empowerment, and esteem. We lose sight of our natural beauty, our distinction, and our connection to the world around us. Like wildflowers, women in recovery have to grow in each of the painful areas- barren and stark like the desert- that she doesn’t think she can. By nurturing her own spirit, she creates her own spring out of the most winterish phases of her life.
Poet Nikita Gill touches on the resiliency of a wildflower in Hearts Like Wildflowers. She says that a heart like a wildflower is “Strong enough to rise again after being trampled upon, tough enough to weather the worst of the summer storms, and able to grow and flourish even int he most broken places.”
Women’s recovery programs created by women, run by women, made for women, are key to helping women navigate the many layers of their world both internally and externally. Created with the female experience especially in mind, the RedCliff Recovery program has been designed to help women believe in hope, live in joy, and find the freedom they deserve. For more information on women’s wilderness, call us today: 801.370.2274