Tree Songs and Community

By: | Posted in: Community, Connection with Nature, Connection with Plants | Monday, May 1, 2017 - 3:32pm
Tree and Moon

I came across an interesting concept recently. What if trees are really singing to the world and all we have to do is listen. What if it is not just about the biology and the science, but also relationship and community.  We can tune in using our sense of hearing and open up a new world of exploration and connection.

Maybe trees even talk to us. (more…)

Intimate Breathing with Trees

By: | Posted in: Connection with Nature, Connection with Self | Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 - 4:18pm
Breathing with Trees

I was standing with my favorite tree one day and suddenly wondered:

Would I feel more connected if I actually used my body to connect with nature.  I know that trees give off oxygen for us to breathe and we give carbon dioxide to them.  I know this reciprocal relationship on an intellectual level.

But what if I opened my senses and consciously breathed with the trees?  So, leaning against the tree, I asked (more…)

Can Intimacy with Nature Ease Sadness?

By: | Posted in: Connection with Nature, Grief Emotions | Monday, Jun 13, 2016 - 9:24pm
intimate nature sadness

Do emotions like sadness ever erupt unexpectedly for you, with no seeming trigger?

For me, the tears and sadness seemed to come out of nowhere.  This disconnection from my brother, my last close relative, hit me in the heart, instead of just my mind. I miss him so much, but there is little I can do about it.

So what do I do with this feeling? I decide to go for a walk to the forest and the waterfall.

Letting Go

The falls are just roaring these days. I feel their power. I am mesmerized by it. The water is a swirl of snow and caramel, or that is what it reminds me of – taffy on snow.  I feel like throwing myself in.  Not because I want to die but because I wonder what it would feel like to just be a drop of water in such an immense (more…)

What highway of grief are you on?

By: | Posted in: Grief Emotions | Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 - 8:49pm
Grief forest road

So how do highways and grief relate to each other?  Mostly as metaphors, I think.

One day when I was driving, all of a sudden I wondered about the consciousness of highways.  If inanimate things have a consciousness, do highways too? So I asked the road where it was going. It said “I’m going where they put me.” Well, what an answer.  Is this a metaphor for our lives at times?  Are we going where “we were put?”

Do we get trapped by the path we are on? Or does something happen that just throws us off one track onto another, like grief? Are we alone and separate on this road?

Just wondering and imagining what a “grief road” might feel like (more…)

A Poem for Loneliness

By: | Posted in: Connection with Nature, Grief Emotions, Waterfall Messages | Friday, Feb 26, 2016 - 3:31pm
Loneliness

Imagine that it is evening, dark outside, and you are a little restless. What to do to ease the loneliness?  You live where there is winter and cold, but it is calm outside, with gently falling snow. Why not go for a walk?

So I did.  And afterwards I wrote this poem, my first ever. I had been trying to write a poem for days, and it did not come to me until I entered a walk in the dark. And found peace as well. Even snow can talk to you and keep you company, if you imagine.

Peaceful Light

I lie here gently, sparkling, peaceful

no wind, just stillness.

I illuminate the night in white, in silence (more…)

Nature Brings Joy and Love

By: | Posted in: Connection with Plants, Waterfall Messages | Friday, Feb 12, 2016 - 10:18pm
Joyful Pine Trees

Have you ever felt a deep joy and love when connecting with a tree, in nature, or even in the city? Did you have a conversation with it or even feel a difference in your body energy?

A Conversation

I feel very drawn to two pine trees a few blocks from me. I can’t seem to keep myself from visiting them.

So on one visit, I opened and listened.

“We’re beautiful!”

If trees could preen, these two would. It made me smile.

And they are beautiful.  Their profile is wonderful and their leaves seem so soft and flowing.  I feel love and joy when I look at them.  I said, “I feel happy being close to you.”

“You like yourself when you are near us. We like ourselves, so you like yourself.  We can help you.”

So I basked it their presence for awhile. It relieved the loneliness.

On returning to my apartment, I looked up pine trees in a tree medicine book.  The interpretation was that pine trees can help you with (more…)

Messages from a Dying Tree

By: | Posted in: Connection with Plants, Waterfall Messages | Friday, Jan 15, 2016 - 9:06pm
Messages

Have you ever  imagined that you could receive messages from a dying tree?

Messages in Conversation

I was walking in the woods and stopped to look out over the gorge. When I looked back, I was right beside a dead tree and felt called to connect with it. It started a conversation.

I said, “How can you talk to me, you are dead.”

It responded,

“But some of my spirit is still here.  I am still standing.  I serve a purpose in this world too.”

I looked around and saw that there were others in this area. Some had fallen over.

“You have company, some have fallen over.” (more…)

Connection in a New Community

By: | Posted in: Waterfall Messages | Thursday, Dec 24, 2015 - 4:12pm

Messages from Kakabeka Falls

The following post is about being alone in the holiday season in a new place.

Now, it is the winter holiday season and I am alone. I have made tentative forays into the community, mostly through church, even though I am not a church person. And now that church is closing.  It’s a sign of the times, right?  Churches are closing because no one attends. This is often where we found community in the past. Who knows if the (more…)

Car Connection – Conversing with your Car

By: | Posted in: Connection with Self, Connection with the Universe | Friday, Dec 18, 2015 - 7:58pm

Do you believe in connecting and conversing with your car, that you can talk and it listens?  Is it capable of offering advice? Lots of men seem to talk to their machines, but do they listen for any response?

So here is the part you might think is flaky.  I will get to the science later.

I am becoming convinced that I can delay or stop repairs on my car by talking to it. I had an incident 2 or 3 years ago where it all of a sudden it had strong jerks and hesitations. The check engine light came on.  The local garage thought I needed a new engine but I was in a small town so I drove it for 5 hours back to my current home base, and along  (more…)

Going with the Flow

By: | Posted in: Connection with Nature | Friday, Nov 20, 2015 - 3:36pm

I wonder how a stream feels when it is going with the flow.  I imagine it depends on what type of stream it is, what type of landscape it is flowing through.  I suppose we feel the same.

If I was stream, what kind of route would I prefer to take? I think it would be a mountain stream, tumbling over rocks that sing to me, swirling in pools of lively, dancing water, greeting all the little creatures there as I pass by. When I slow into quiet pools to rest, I speak with fish and insects and other dwellers or visitors. I languish with the (more…)