There is something about ‘learning’ that not only ‘touches’ the soul, but ‘activates’ it — “opening our heart” to new experiences, new feelings.

I don’t know how long I looked at this plant on the walk before I took its photo, or how long I looked at its photo in my camera, but there was something quite wonderful about it all.

The plant took me on a journey of learning about its ‘name’ and what other indigenous plants in our provincial parks have been used by the First Nation peoples to heal bodies, flavour food, and add colour to fabric.

“Opening my heart” … thank you, little plant I have come to know as ‘Miner’s Lettuce’, for another opportunity to experience spirituality in yet another way. As I walked in our local Provincial Park, you “called” to me. I’d never seen you before. You were tall and gorgeous … a very large leaf with a tiny flower in the centre.

“What are you?” I wondered.

And today, I learned that it is a plant called “Miner’s Lettuce.”  An indigenous plant common here on Vancouver Island, whose leaves form a rosette and have tiny pink or small white flowers with five petals in the centre and its leaves turn a deep red colour when they dry out as the days get hotter and drier.

This year’s summer “Staycation” here on Vancouver Island, in spite of COVID19’s restrictions (to keep my ‘bubble’ small, wear a mask and observe social distancing) is proving to be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about where I live and “open my heart” in new ways. I am grateful.