These trees are watching us. They have eyes.”
Some of the eyes looked like owl eyes:
It was a real blessing to be surrounded and watched over by these beautiful trees. I kept wandering behind the tent area into the deep aspen forest grove to listen to the sound of gently quaking leaves in the breeze.
Sedona’s beauty is breathtaking and powerful. It doesn’t take long to leave the crowds of tourists and head out into the desert and stand in awe and honor the red rocks that rise from the earth. I enjoyed the Boynton Canyon Trail, which I hiked barefoot on soft red pebbles and sand. It was soothing to open my foot channels and let warm, grounding earth energy flow and energize my legs.
One thing that struck me about Sedona (aside from the obvious magnificent red rock formations) was the juniper trees. The junipers were really dynamic and sometimes stood twisted and bare in the sun. The trees were remarkable to sit by, with their warm, dry bark. In this picture, I am sitting with a peaceful twisted juniper, and feeling an immense sense of joy.
I really love beachcombing. I can spend hours on a beach looking for treasures and interesting objects from the sea. These photos were taken one afternoon at a spot where I usually take pictures of trees along the shoreline. But the stones called to me and wanted some attention. How lovely and smooth each stone is here on this beach. It is always a gift to be able to spend time here. Each color and shape is so smooth and pretty. Recently, I heard the saying “stones are the bones of the earth.” It made me think of this beach and how with each step I gently walk upon the bones of mother nature.
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.