Being Like a Tree
First of all, Happy Solstice, up here in the northern hemisphere we are on the longest night of the year, with the return of the light…time to reflect on our achievements from the past year and prepare ourselves for a new beginning.
“This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year’s threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath.” ― Margaret Atwood.
Here is to a bright awakening…
Now I want to talk about TREES!
I walk a lot in the desert, and am inamored with the old twisty, barky trees I come across. Trees are amazing creatures. They can live for hundreds of years, and they provide us with food, shelter, and oxygen. But what can we learn from trees?
What do these trees bring up for me? Strength, rootedness, groundedness, expanding.
One thing we can learn from trees is the importance of roots. Roots are what anchor a tree to the ground and give it stability. They also help the tree absorb water and nutrients from the soil. In the same way, we need to have strong roots in order to be stable and successful in life. So we can gow and expand up above. We need to have a strong foundation of faith, family, and friends to support us.
Another thing we can learn from trees is the importance of being grounded. When a tree is grounded, it can withstand strong winds and storms. In the same way, we need to be grounded to be able to handle the challenges of life. We need to have a strong sense of self and a clear understanding of our values.
Also, we can learn from trees the importance of resilience. Trees can withstand all sorts of adversity, from drought to fire to pests. They can even regrow their limbs if they are damaged. In the same way, we need to be resilient to overcome the challenges of life. We need to be able to bounce back from setbacks and keep moving forward.
I walk and look at these trees, take some photos of the aged ones, who have survived, grown, and let their limbs reach out…I feel like a tree, often, grounded, resilient, towering above sometimes, expanding sometimes, holding on sometimes, quaking and shaking with the tremors, the winds, the upheavals, and then blossoming with new growth too.
Take a walk, look around. take a moment to appreciate its beauty and strength. And remember, we can learn a lot from trees about how to live a better life.
Think about it my friend…what can help you move forward? Stepping into nature and looking around you…ideas for you…
- Develop strong roots. Spend time with your family and friends. Nurture your faith. Get involved in your community.
- Be grounded. Know who you are and what you believe in. Stay true to yourself, even when it’s difficult.
- Be resilient. Don’t give up when things get tough. Learn from your mistakes and keep moving forward.
If you can do these things, I say this will help you stay strong while you continue to grow, take on new ideas, step into your power and beauty, and you’ll be well on your way to living a life that is both fulfilling and successful.
So for now, my love, enjoy the darkness, and the return of the light, happy holidays, and I am grateful for you!