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.
Placing the heart against a tree is a humbling experience.
I love this Gaia Oracle card “Intuitive Communication,” illustrated by intuitive artist Toni Carmine Salerno. Notice the tree has a heart radiating. I love the choice of heart centered, intuitive communication, because it realizes the relationship we can have with trees, plants, and other beings if we just open our hearts and listen. The woman in this illustration can sense the tree’s radiating heart, with her eyes closed. This card resonates deeply with me and my calling for 2013.
As the new year approaches, I reflect on the trees that have touched me during the 2012. All the wisdom I have received from the trees I have immense gratitude. Thank you trees!
Looking towards 2013, I am being called to bring more tree people to the trees and practice intuitive listening with trees and in nature. This is a purely heart-centered act that I am guided to facilitate in the next year, and beyond.
There are so many ways we can connect to the earth and at the same time, to our wisdom and intuitive guidance. Starting with a heart centered practice is a way to ensure that future actions are centered in the heart, with intentions of loving and peaceful connections.
from the Wildwood Tarot deck
I was just looking at this card, and wanted to share it here today. This is one of many wonderful images from the Wildwood Tarot deck.
The tree’s leaves represent all four seasons in the wheel of the year. The labyrinth is the journey and mystery along our path, and the door into the tree is a portal that leads into all the old tree’s knowledge and wisdom.
It makes me want to enter the door and ride into that tree’s roots to hear all it has to say from the inside.
Such a powerful tree image.
“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.”
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
Last weekend I went on a Native Seattle tree and plant tour at the Washington Park Arboretum led by local tree and plant expert Arthur Lee Jacobson. I was just blown away by all of his knowledge about trees and plants. He also has a great sense of humor, so there was never a dull moment during the two hour tour.
sitka spruce cones
I noticed how many different specimens were on the ground; cones, needles, nuts, and they were all so exciting and interesting. I came back the next day and collected so many wonderful treasures from the trees.
Don’t you just love the sounds in this video?
The birds, the bell, the soft wind through the leaves.
This was a lovely day in July. Summer birdsongs are so wonderful, and are peaceful to listen to any time of year. Posting this video is my way of saying goodbye to these sounds, and to welcome the sounds of autumn.
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