walk the labyrinth photo ©2013 kimcrayton
After a long sleep with some very intensely vivid dreams, I woke up and wrote my dreams down, ate a light breakfast, and headed out for one last walk before catching the ferry home.
I set out to walk a labyrinth. The first time I walked a labyrinth was about 11 years ago at a retreat center while participating in a workshop on Touch Drawing through an expressive arts course during my undergrad studies. Ever since then, any time I have the opportunity to walk a labyrinth, I always do. This one was especially lovely because it is right off a forest path, and you can tell that it is infused and created with loving intention.
After the labyrinth walk, I returned back to the Grand Forest for one more quick hike up and down the trail. This time I took a different route and ran into a beautiful collection of cairns arranged atop a mossy boulder. What a treat!
I’m glad I went back to the trails before leaving the island and heading back home.
mossy rock cairns @2013 kimcrayton
I have been visiting this specific tree regularly for over a year now.
Yesterday, I went to visit this tree. I asked if it would help me feel more relaxed and centered. I stood with my back fully against it, and placed all my body weight onto the trunk. I stood with this tree for about 20 minutes. This tree was very kind to take my excess energy (ie anxiety) I was carrying, and bring it into the earth.
Once this tree asked me to bring it water during the drought season in September; it was really dry, as were other conifers around it. I also bring it songs, as a gift of gratitude.
I think this tree is really beautiful.
It possesses a generous spirit I have experienced during many of my visits. I don’t have accurate words to describe how I experience the tree’s spirit, which I do sense, however, “generous” is the first word that comes to mind.
It makes me think of this exercise by William Bloom on how to sense a spirit of a tree:
Sensing the Spirit of a Tree
Stand close to a tree and let your awareness go down into the root system where it absorbs nutrients from the earth. Follow the flow up into the trunk, the branches and then the leaves. The leaves are open to receive the light of the sun. Hold your awareness of the whole tree and then expand your focus slightly to be aware of the whole energy body of the tree. Stay quietly with this sense of the whole tree, and its spirit may become quite clear to you.
-from Working With Angels, Fairies And Nature Spirits (p. 59)
“Whenever I have found myself stuck in the ways I relate to things, I return to nature. It is my principal teacher, and I try to open my whole being to what it has to say.”
The forest is a rich place full of dream shadows and windows of light. There is a fertile soil in darkness, and the shadow world is very much alive on and below the forest floor. Once the life inside this darkness is revealed by light, we can appreciate the rich life in the shadows. The shadow space is always working within us, and it is up to us to have the courage to delve in and shed light into the wisdom of the shadow.
With love, light and shadows, I honor the dance between my fertile shadow dreams and my radiant light body.
This is the dance of existence. The cosmic dance indeed includes light and shadow.
This is what I learn from the forest.
This is a lovely ripe pu erh block I bought from Phoenix Teas in Burien WA.
It is delicious.
Pu erh teas are super healthy tea due to the microbial fermentation process and healthy bacterias that forms inside the cake during the fermentation process. This cake is rich and dark, and when brewed, earthy and a bit malty, yet very smooth to drink.
It’s really a perfect tea to drink outside on a cool fall morning. The smell of the tea compliments the fragrance of the forest. I can’t wait to take this tea with me on some autumn hikes.
glow trees ©2012 kim crayton