Money plant (Lunaria) and leucojum are blooming all over my garden now. They been flowering for 3 weeks and will continue for another 3 weeks. I do like flowers that last a long time.
Money plant is also called Honesty. This concept of Honesty leads us directly to 2 of the 5 precepts:
- not taking what isn't offered
- speaking truthfully and helpfully
The Metta Sutta (the sutra on loving-kindness) says "straight-forward and gentle in speech."
Sometimes we refrain from honesty in order not to hurt the other person's feelings. This intention is a very fine line to walk, so i frequently reflect on how "straight-forward and gentle" applies to my current situation. We don't sacrifice honesty for gentleness nor do we sacrifice gentleness for truth.