Each wander in the woods is a day of discovery. Each time I stand with the trees of the forest I am off on another magical adventure. Each moment provides me with the chance to see wonders great and small unfolding.
The trees talk and communicate in ways that I am just beginning to understand. They communicate to their tree families and they talk to us. I have so much to learn (I think we all do). Through my growing love for trees, I find I am bringing a greater awareness to each moment of my woods wanders. I get to see and experience the ways that the trees hold so much history and have so much to share about what it means to build strong communities that survive for hundreds and thousands of years.
I have been spending a lot of time outside and try to share daily words and images of the magic of it all. I can never bring the wonders of the forest to you in its entirety, but I find so much joy in trying to give you glimpses into the world I experience. And to share nuggets of what I am learning along the way.
Just this week, I joined Peter Wohlleben author of "The Hidden Life of Trees" (published September 2016) on a magical journey. In the first chapter of the book, I was completely immersed by this wisdom from the trees:
WOW! I immediately started thinking about our strained communities this week. At least that is what I see on the limited news clips I consume, the signs popping up on front lawns as I run through my small town, and the constant barrage of social battles.
There must be something about getting a little older that makes me pause more and listen. I am ebbing and flowing between seeing the beauty of the day, the stark reality of the shit going on in the world, and the lingering hope of what could be. Time spent away from it all being more connected to myself and the natural world provides a space for my lingering hope.
As Wohlleben shares in his book, a tree is not a forest. A thriving forest is created and maintained when each tree takes care of itself, and their tree family, and the forest community. Let's think about this and substitute with the word people: A person is not a community. A thriving community is created and maintained when each person takes care of themselves, their families, and the people of their community.