Finally Sarah stands beside the stream in awe. How beautiful.
A profusion of red flower petals drift playfully along the surface of the waters; then more and more petals. Sarah cusps some of these petals into her hands and then watches them drop to the ground. She looks at her hand and it reminds her of the shape of a heart and a human figure at the same time. In that instant, she realizes something about the whole retreat.
Nexus involves heart-centered living and allowing your heart to freely open and blossom. These petals in her hands represent that progression from a closed bud to an open flower. The open flower has the scent of love-nectar, which attracts bees and other insects to it. Without opening of the petals, the male pollen would not be carried by the wind or insects to the female parts of the plant in order to fertilize the plant. Similarly, if the human heart remains closed, then a person will remain isolated but once the petals of the heart open then connection and relatedness is established. Through empathy and compassion, the heart can reach out to others. The opening of the heart-petals is the Nexus within and the connection with others through empathy is the Nexus outside us. Wonderful! she sighs.
Excerpt from Nexus: A Neo Novel. Buy from: