"The spiritual aspect of Ikebana is considered very important to its practitioners. Silence is a must during practices of Ikebana. It is a time to appreciate things in nature that people often overlook because of their busy lives. One becomes more patient and tolerant of differences, not only in nature, but also in general. Ikebana can inspire one to identify with beauty in all art forms. This is also the time when one feels closeness to nature which provides relaxation for the mind, body, and soul. "Ikebana" is from the Japanese ikeru (生ける, "to place, to arrange, life, birth") and hana (花, "flower"). Possible translations include "giving life to flowers" and "arranging flowers".~wikipedia~
I recently purchased my second Ikebana vase at an art show in Cape Coral, Florida. The first was purchased several years ago at a show in Falmouth, Massachusetts. I have always admired the simplicity of this art form but never realized it's spiritual aspects. Ikebana is a beautiful way to arrange flowers and a fun word to say, it just rolls off the tongue!
Try it sometime, a joyful experience is sure to be had!