trees can teach us a lot about how to be human. for example, we can learn how to be flexible in the face of adversity by observing how the trees that can bend and flex in high winds don't crack. trees can teach us how to be in community, how to share resources with other living things, and how to be in a mutually sustaining relationship. they show us how to stay rooted deep in the earth while reaching for the light.
trees change with the seasons; letting old leaves drop in the fall. they nourish themselves first before bearing fruit for other living things.
is it possible to find moments of stillness, rooted in our own being? is it possible to let go of perfectionism and be bent, twisted, gnarled, completely uniquely beautiful? is it possible to regenerate?
no two trees are exactly alike yet every tree begins with a tiny seed.
nature field exploration: stand or sit next to a tree. inhale and exhale. as you exhale the tree uses carbon dioxide gas from your lungs for its life processes and emits oxygen that you use for your life process. let go of any effort and breathe together. after a few minutes of breathing and connecting with the tree, journal any insights, thoughts, feelings, awarenesses you notice.