The Meditation of Foraging
Foraging is something that we have talked about quite a bit this year at HTHG. I hope I am not repeating myself by saying that I love foraging and here is why:
My rosehip forage for this DIY project started like this: I take a little jog, most mornings of the week. By little, I mean like 15 minutes or so. Just enough to help me wake up and get my blood flowing. Usually, I walk Marley to school and then just take off from there, around the neighborhood.
I knew I wanted to find rosehips, so as I jogged one morning, I turned my awareness to rosehips. I visualized them as I jogged, and before long they began to pop out at me all over the place. I took mental notes of where they were, knowing I would be back soon with a basket.
The next day, I brought along my basket and returned to the rosehip bushes I had discovered the day before. I wandered the neighborhood, taking several hips for each bush as I passed, feeling like I was greeting an old friend each time I passed a rosebush, thanking the plant for each rosehip I harvested.
Foraging helps me to write a map of plants in my head, connecting me to the web of nature. Harvesting helps me engage with each plant on my journey, solidifying the place of each plant on my mental map. Creating with the plants themselves helps me to understand and honor each plant in a deeper way, witnessing the unique likeness and differences in plants, and interacting with them. This relationship, for me, is my spiritual practice. It is a great source of connection and gratitude. Which is why I am sharing this fun DIY craft tutorial with you:)
The Beauty of Rosehips
My step-mother Barb loved flower buds more than flowers themselves. She liked how they were sweet and small and unassuming but held the entire knowledge and being of the entire future blossom……A beautiful secret, well-gaurded, and vibrating with life.
Rosehips, besides being a powerfully medicinal part of the rose plant, hold the secret of the future Rose, the most sacred and highly-vibrational flower on the planet. With this sweet little secret, we create a garland to adorn ourselves today so that we, too, can vibrate with our own sweet life-force, guarding our truths with our lives, sharing them only when we feel ready.
DIY Rosehip Garland
For this DIY, you will need a bowl of assorted rosehip plants, thick thread or fishing wire, a needle, pliers and scissors or snippers, and some hair pins.
Begin by rinsing your rosehips, and trimming their stems and petals. Arrange them into piles by size, if you want your garland to have any particular order. If not, that is okay too! I did mine starting small, getting large towards the center, and getting small again at the other end.
Thread your needle, doubling your thread nice and long ( 3 feet or so) and knotting the end. Begin to thread your rosehips on the needle, one at a time through the center. They may be tough to get through, and if they are, use your pliers to help work the needle through and pull it out the other side.
Continue threading rosehips until your garland is as long as you want it. I made mine long enough to wrap twice around my head snuggly so it could be worn as a crown, a necklace, or as a decorative circle. Tie the ends of your garland tightly together in a triple knot to secure the rosehips.
Create your hairpins by poking one end of a pin through the center and hooking both ends out the bottom of a rosehip.
Use them to decorate a braid! Keep your creations in a cool, dry place and enjoy the changing variation of color and texture as the rosehips dry out.