The color green evokes a sense of peaceful growth. Its use on or around a front door enhances a home’s ability to communicate a calming and soothing atmosphere. Although my front door is painted a very light greenish grey, it’s surrounded by much green foliage at this time of year.
Last week, while delivering a package, the postman commented that he would soon need a weed wacker to get through the doorway. The vine leaves have grown very large and hang low by the front door. In order to pass through the threshold you have to bow your head.
Having to do this reminds me of a story I once heard about an East Indian worker who had hung a curtain across the top of the doorway to his office. It required that he bow down his head whenever he entered his work space. The act of bowing was a reminder to him to be reverent in his approach to his daily tasks. There’s certainly room for all of us to integrate more reverence into our lives, both at home and in the workplace. We so often take for granted the sacredness of home and the work of our hands and minds.
Earlier this spring, I transplanted a mountain ash tree from the backyard to a spot just right of the front door. This type of tree is very similar to Old World rowan trees which are customarily planted near front doors to ward off evil spirits.
Without words, nature can communicate warmth and welcome in many ways. Mystery and the wonder of growth are inexorably woven into her message.
However much you knock at nature’s door, she will never answer you in comprehensible words.
~ Ivan Turgenev
For more information on mountain ash, see Rowan Trees.
For more information on vines, see Dragon Claws on Vines.