Most humans walk by us and think, “It is just a tree.” But a few humans stop and listen and realize we are so much more than “just a tree”.
Listening to trees
Consider this a “mindfulness” activity that includes a tree. Many people “talk” to trees, but in doing this activity, you will be learning how to listen to the trees.
- Find a place that has a sense of wildness with some big trees
- Find a tree that you are drawn to
- Choose a place where you feel safe and will not be disturbed
- Slow down your energy – pay attention to your breath
- Be present – quiet the self-talk and chatter
- Ground – send your roots down below your feet and let them mingle with the roots of the tree
- Listen to your heartbeat and let the tree join with your heartbeat
- Inhale Oxygen – a gift from the tree / exhale CO2 – a gift for the tree
- Listen with your whole body, not just your ears
- Listen without expectations – let your mind be a clean slate
- Listening can come to you in feelings, colors or sounds inside of your body and it may not be in words
- Learning how to listen is a skill that needs to be developed over time
Teach me how to be a forest – A human asks an old red oak snag – “Why is it you seem so alive, when you are dead?”
We don’t think/live like you do. You think that when something “dies” it has no more life. Nothing actually “dies”, but is part of a continuum that is in constant change. There is no end or beginning.
Teach me how to be a forest
Put down your phone. Don’t be afraid to open yourself up and receive. Trust the deep connection being created, for it is within this space that you will fully experience what you see, hear, feel and sense.
Teach me how to be a forest – You have to let go of the “I” and be part of the “We”.
Teach me how to be a forest – When you touch one of us with an open heart, you touch the whole forest.
Teach me how to be a forest – You have to let go of your dead wood.
Teach Me How to be a Forest – You can heal from your wounds. All you need is within you.
Teach me how to be a forest – Be deeply rooted to the planet and connected to the sky at the same time.
Teach me how to be a forest You will find freedom in embracing uncertainty.
Teach me how to be a forest Just like all things in this forest, you have a right to exist.
Teach me how to be a forest – Slow down. Walk and breathe with the forest inside of you. Become One with us.
Reader Dale Antonson shared the following:
Connecting to the trees creates an awareness of the timeless life that exists all around us. It’s important take the time to get out of our own way and connect ourselves back to the energy of the soil.
Below is an old oak at the edge of an oak savannah along the Singing Hills Trail near Waterville, Mn that I’ve loved for many years.