The patterns of certain stones, such as Rhodochrosite,
snowflake obsidian, and ruby in zoisite, are nature's abstract
art. To hold one of these stones and study its designs is
in itself a meditation.
Chrysanthemum stone, which has flowery white patterns on
a black background, is another work of art.
It's named for its resemblance to chrysanthemum flowers,
and keeping the idea of a flower in mind is the most powerful
way to appreciate its properties.
Sometimes we're so eager for change we force it to occur,
thus setting up a chain of events that make us feel as if
we're hurtling into the unknown. Then we may find ourselves
applying the brakes of resistance. This start-and-stop pattern
makes our life's journey a very bumpy ride.
Chrysanthemum stone helps us to experience our own passage
of life in the way the petals of a flower unfold: a process
in which change, rather than being unsettling and disruptive,
initiates a flowing, harmonious journey. It also helps us
to enjoy this journey by allowing us to be in the present
and to appreciate the blossoming of each moment and its
When we are truly appreciative of the present, we feel fulfilled,
and in that state of fulfilment it is easy to see which
habits, beliefs, and ways of being are not only not fulfilling
us, but are actually stunting our growth. Thus, chrysanthemum
stone helps us to see which withered petals of our being
need to be allowed to fall to the ground. In this way we
travel with a lighter burden, and obstructions towards the
achievement of our personal/spiritual goals fall away.
In appreciating ourselves and our journey we also learn
to appreciate others. As a perennial flower renews itself
each year, so we can learn to view our relationships through
fresh eyes and allow love to flower anew.