SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How do you relate to the wisdom that a tree can give us? Can you share a personal story of a time you were able to draw wisdom from a life-form other than human? What helps you enjoy the view while living?
I have for a couple of years felt stuck. And as things changed drasticly and the unpredictability and unserteinity level was high for a period of time. And that's when the heat of that summerday struck me with a overwhelming remebrance of my mother wich I haven't seen or heard from since age 3. While following attentively the leaves dancing in the wind, an admiratiaon and awe for trees, rooted itself from that day. Standing tall, deeply rooted and yet dancing in the wind. The remebrance from that summerday expressed the Trees sacred knowledge. Sry* (if my English isnt 100 percent)
Our roots is the soul,the eternal life force full of peace,purity,power ,love & harmony. Just go internal to realize all this and get it hearing the melodious music inside. This is beautifully permanent while enjoying the transitory external world.For me this is like finding the meaning,truth and purpose of the invaluable human life without loosing anything at all but only gaining- benefiting fully from the Nature.
A tree is not in a hurry to grow from a sapling to a towering giant....it grows and changes at its own pace, as nature intends it to, and it accepts the changing seasons of its journey. A tree is a truly wise teacher, showing us what we need to learn by its example.
Considering several huge, beautiful Cuban Laurel trees felled recently by hurricane Irma in SW Florida, "And when it is time to come down, allow your roots to release the earth and fall in the direction of the least damage to other life." (Which is just what they did.)
I love trees!! My child, Banyan, is named after a tree. :-). They give so, so, much, including the very air we breath and ask of nothing from us in return. Love the joy they provide with the changing orange, yellow, red of the leaves. Love that they are a testament to slowing down and just be. Love all their wonderfully diverse barks, smoothness of crape myrtle, sponginess of the cork tree, roughness of elms:-). Can't say enough about them! They have brought me so much joy and peace.
We can learn much from a tree. It does its thing. It lives in the present, responsive to what is happening as it is happening. It grows, with no second guessing, no self-doubt, no self consciousness. It plays no games, has no hidden agendas. It takes no more than what it needs. It gives in simply being itself. When used, it is used without guilt giving or bargaining. When misused or injured, it adjusts and heals and continues living as best it can. It lives as fully as it can until it dies. We can learn much from a tree. I drew wisdom just now in reflecting on the tree. What helps me enjoy the view while living is knowing enjoyment and purpose are in the process or journey and not in trying to make a particular outcome happen. Time spent being like a tree, present and responsive, is alive and satisfying.
Trees are considered sacred and are revered in many cultures and societies.Roots of tress signify the importance of learning how to be grounded and steadfast in the midst of storms of life.Branches of tress show the significance of remaining connected with one another.Tress change inwardly. Seasons change outwardly. Tress relate to such changes gracefully. A great lesson to learn from tress as we go through the passages of life. .
Nature offers many gifts like the sun shine and the moon light and twinkling stars at night. We miss their mysterious presence if we are not open and present to receive such wonderful gifts. Nature offers simple pleasures of earth, fresh air and light. Sadly we miss them because we are not at home. Our mind wanders and we miss the wonderment of celebrating simple pleasures of life. We mindlessly allow ourselves to be disconnected with the source of abundance,and wonderment by not remaining rooted and connected with the presence. Let us remember the roots and be open and present to enjoy the view.
I have gone through passages of life in my life journey from childhood to old age.When I was a child, I had planted a Neem tree in my backyard.I related to my tree with a lot of affection and joy. The tree became my dear friend. When I was in distress, I would sit under the tree and I would feel comfort and nourishment coming from the tree. When I was tired I would lay down under the tree and felt refreshed. And when I had a joyful experience, I shared my joy with my tree. The tree was my never failing dear friend. When we moved to another house, I sat under the tree and cried. I felt as if I was held warmly and tenderly in the hands of my tree..
My early childhood experience with my Neem tree has planted seeds of loving, appreciating and taking care of plants and tress. To me they are sacred and a great source of joy.This is what I learned from my Dear Tree.
May we relate to nature with affection, friendliness and gratitude!
Jagdish P Dave