A Short Study of Trees
Trees have captured the human imagination for centuries. Their lore is found in many cultures and in some cases are a source for worship, and lately have become a subject of my observations and awareness. As I began to reflect on the subject I recall several encounters I have experienced that have shown me their profound connection to our lives.
The first one that comes to mind was just this past year when my husband and I were able to visit the Hawaiian Legacy Forest on the island of Hawaii. There we were able to see both old, ancient trees and feel their strength and perseverance, as well as new trees being planted with the hope for restoration. We have planted trees there for Jacob and our grandchildren.
Next, I recall a profound experience in the Enchanted Forest near Santa Fe, New Mexico. As we drove through the mist and fog we could actually hear the trees whispering and singing right to our souls. It reminded me of a scene in the movie Phenomenon with John Travolta. If we take the time, they are always there singing the songs of ancient souls. I have had that same experience on the slopes of our own Ko’olau mountains and among the redwoods of Yosemite.
There is a sense that trees are much like us as humans, rooted to the earth, with limbs that are meant to embrace. They share the same Earth energy and air with us and in many cases provide us shelter and protection that are so important to our spiritual existence. It is no wonder that we can feel so connected.
So, today, I am going to take time to go sit under my kukui tree, one of the inspirations of this blog, to reconnect with that vital life force. I hope you will find a tree that connects with your spirit.
until next time…