Have you ever looked at a tree and imagined that you were the tree looking at you? It is not easy to take on that perspective. In fact it takes practice – lots of it – and of course a willingness to hear. You may know something about this already. Perhaps you have tried this “seeing from someone else’s eyes” with a loved one? Or if you are really courageous perhaps an enemy. Maybe you have had a sick infant or pet or elder in your life, who was hurting, but could not tell you what was wrong. You may have tried to become them, to understand what they were experiencing so that you could try to help. If you can relate to any of these situations, terrific. You are already skilled at “tuning in”.
The trees, just like any and every living thing just want to live. Basically to be what they were created to do, which is just to be. And in their being they give something back to every other living being. And guess what? This is actually true for all of us too. Yep, just by truly living or being in your “is-ness”, you are fulfilling your purpose and giving to every other living creature.
A tree creates air for more complex species to breathe – like us humans for instance. By transmuting the used up air animals exhale (carbon dioxide) they make more oxygen for them to breathe. That in and of itself is a huge service to the planet.
A tree, by just standing there makes shade, thereby cooling over heated more vulnerable living things. For instance, the trees that grow by brooks and streams shade the water and keep it cool. When the water is cool, the fish thrive and can grow and multiply. When the trees along water way are removed, the water heats up and the fish can no longer live well there and die off.
A tree is a natural air conditioner!
Some trees provide food for animals and human. They provide shelter and homes for birds, insects, squirrels, bears and many more. The strength of their trunks and branches have been fashioned into homes and furniture for humankind for thousands of years.
Today I invite you to begin a relationship with a tree. Maybe you already have many tree friends, but if not pick one that you pass on your daily route to and from home and begin to notice everything about it throughout each season. Keep a journal about what you discover about your new friend.
May the Forest be with you.