At Times Like These it Helps to Listen to the Wisdom of the Trees

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“Not that I want to be a god or a hero. Just to change into a tree, grow for ages, not hurt anyone.”
Czesław Miłosz

These are tumultuous times for many of us. The news is difficult; there are many polarities and disagreements being revealed. There is a lot of violence and conflict. There is much uncertainty about what the future holds. We may find ourselves feeling unbalanced and far from our still center.

At times like these, one of the best things we can do is seek wisdom from and respite with our tree friends

Because they are rooted deeply into the Earth while strongly reaching toward the stars, trees are always in alignment; always grounded and centered.

They model this for us and hold this space in integrity always. And so it is good to simply go to the trees, one or many, and allow yourself to come to silence and stillness to return to center. Nothing needs to “happen,” but this. Just go to the tree with the intention of calming yourself.

If it feels right, you may also ask for guidance from the tree. If it feels appropriate, a small offering of milk or water can be made at its base. If you wish to open a conversation with the tree, that is recommended as well but it is not necessary if all you want to do is arrive at a place of groundedness and balance. Simply being in the field of the tree will help you come to center.

It will help you continue your daily life with greater calm and presence.

Let it be your daily medicine, your daily practice, and see what happens.

~Theresa C. Dintino

© Theresa C. Dintino 2016