Surely you have seen in some gardening stores, florists, or even on the Internet the calls kokedama. They are balls of moss that house a plant for a period of time. But, Have you ever thought about the spiritual meaning of a kokedama?
Do you know that when someone gives you a kokedama it has a meaning? If you have never heard of it before, today we are going to explain it to you in depth so that you can see that even a plant that seems original has such a special meaning that makes it even more beautiful. Do you want to know what it is?
The special feature of kokedama
A kokedama is characterized by being a plant that does not need a pot. Actually, the plant does have it, but it is not ceramic or plastic, much better not clay. It is actually made of earth, which is what gives it the shape of a ball, moss, which is what is responsible for covering the earth and that it does not escape. And rope, which firmly ties the moss and prevents it from collapsing or the earth from falling off.
In this ball it can live for about a year, maybe more because it will depend on the growth of the plant. But, in general, between a year and a year and a half it could be there. Then you can move to another larger kokedama or to a normal pot.
Therefore, the main characteristic is the fact that it does not have a pot, but rather maintain it with a fertilized substrate so that it is nourished and healthy for a long time.
Where do kokedamas come from?
Originally from Japan, This technique was born more than 500 years ago and it did so because the people of that time made it fashionable to take a “little piece of nature” home with them. But, since bonsai were expensive and they could not afford them (nor the care they required), kokedama were invented, which there they are commonly called the “bonsai of the poor”. And, of course, little by little they crossed borders until they were known throughout the world.
What you may not know is that kokedamas are based on a Japanese philosophy, wabi sabi, a term that has no translation, and that is something unique to Japanese culture. But we could say that it is to find, in the imperfect, beauty. In other words, a balance is sought between something controlled, such as the moss ball, and something wild, such as the plant.
In fact, when this technique was born, the type of plants that were put in were wild because they were the ones that matched this definition (and with what we have told you about people wanting to take a bit of nature home with them). So, As they are plants with very little care, you did not have to be so aware of them and at the same time you enjoyed watching them grow.
The spiritual meaning of a kokedama
Now that you know a little more about the origin of the kokedama, Would you like to know what that spiritual meaning is? Well, as we have told you before, they were created by combining a “wild” part, which was the plant, with a controlled part, which was the moss. And for this there must be a balance, because if it is not done, you cannot enjoy this beauty.
Well, the spiritual meaning goes that way. It is a symbol of union of the roots that one has, his past, his history, with the affective ties that he has developed. In other words, the part of the plant (the wild) would be that past that we have not chosen but it is there. While affective ties are the relationships that we have chosen and that we maintain (or end) according to our decisions.
In this way, a balance is created between all that is represented by the kokedama.
In the case of a family, the meaning given to it is that of union and strength, in the sense that everything is tied and well tied by the rope so that nothing falls apart, and that is the same thing. the symbolism that is given to the family.
And what does it mean to be given a kokedama?
If you have been given a kokedama, or are thinking of giving a gift, you should know that you are trying deepen that bond that unites you with the other person.
In other words, what you are transmitting to that person is that you want to go one step further and connect more deeply with them, either in a romantic relationship or friendship, family…
What else do you get with a kokedama
Apart from the spiritual significance of this Japanese technique for having a plant at home, there are many more reasons why you should have a kokedama at home. We explain:
It is a plant that can reduce stress and anxiety. It’s a little piece of nature, don’t forget that, and that can cheer you up in bad times or just make you smile.
Reduces insomnia. We must take this with tweezers because it will depend on the plant that carries the moss ball. Normally air purifying plants were chosen, but now there are many types so sometimes it is not possible.
Helps with memory and attention. Especially since you have to remember when to water it, watch it, etc. They are somewhat more delicate than potted plants, hence they encourage you to focus on something.
It has more meanings. Well yes. In reality, the meaning that we have told you is not the only one, because you have to combine it with that of the plant it carries. For example, if the kokedame is from the jade tree, then what it indicates to you, in addition to that link, is the desire for you to have economic abundance, that is, to attract money to you. Or if we talk about a fruit like an orange kokedama, it indicates that it seeks to calm your heart, in terms of sadness and sorrow. As each plant has its own meaning, this also falls within what you can expect from it.
As you can see, the spiritual meaning of a kokedama makes this one even more special. Would you dare to have one at home? You already have it?