The Hypnotic Glow and Quality of Stillness of a Cactus Flower

"Flowers don't worry about how they're going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful." —Jim Carrey

I am grateful to Howard, our next door neighbor, who has been nurturing a bright red cactus flower in a pot that has a short but showy blooming period. He called it an Epiphyllum (Greek: for upon the leaf), and he has been hybridizing these type of plants for over 20 years. As shown in these photos I took, It sits on the corner of a wall that borders our back yard patio. When the sunlight hits it, it exudes a hypnotic glow and a quaity of stillness and silence that sometimes eludes me during the course of a busy day. I literally “love” this flower, and in a reflective moment, I realized that Love is not about possession, but about appreciation and beauty, and a sacred wellspring that is always available to us if we take the time to see.