What We Learn From Trees - Teachers of Life
One Of My Favorite Poems
I think that I shall never see
a poem as lovely as a tree
a tree whose hungry mouth is prest
against the sweet earth's flowing breast
A tree who looks at God all day
and lifts her leafy arms to pray
A tree that may in summer wear
a nest of robins in her hair
Upon whose bosom snow has lain
who intimately lives with rain
Poems are made by fools like me
but only God can make a tree.
Joyce Kilmer. 1886–1918
Hugging A Tree
I Feel The Pain Of A Tree Being Cut
I have always felt the living presence of trees. I hear them breathe. I listen to them sing. I feel their pain and delight in their joy.
My need to touch and hug a tree began as far back as I can remember. It remains part of my daily ritual, supplying me with energy, love and gratitude. When I touch a tree, I feel the hand of my creator. When I hear the cry and pain of a tree being cut I cry too.
Lessons We Learn From Trees
Stand tall and proud
Sink your roots deep into the earth
Be content with your natural beauty
Go out on a limb
Drink plenty of water
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view
Author - )Ilan Shamir www.yourtruenature.com
We can learn many of life's most important lessons from a tree:
- The value of patience. We must be willing to wait. All good comes to us in it's own time.
- Change can be beautiful. Each season brings its own beauty. Without change we cease to grow.
- Roots must be nourished tended to and fed. We all need a healthy root system to sustain us.
- Parenthood, in all its forms can only achieve success through love.
Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.
Opposition Is Part Of Life
Trees teach us to be flexible. Opposition is part of life but if we maintain a degree of flexibility in our attitudes and viewpoints we will not be broken in any storm of criticism or opposition. Stay strong in all types of weather. However sometimes you need to go with the flow and sway with the breeze
Mother Nature has so much to offer us in the following forms:
If we would only take the time to listen, look and learn from Mother Nature's children and elders. Take the giant Redwoods for example . These majestic historians reach to the sky always looking up and nothing can stop them. No time for self-pity or worry. Through storms and sometimes impossible odds they continue to grow and develop fulfilling their destiny.
How do we handle opposition? Do we continue to reach for the sky or do we wallow in self-pity and waste our precious time worrying? How strong are our roots?
Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.
Trees Teach Us To Let Go Of What We No Longer Need
Nothing that a tree does is a waste. When it is time to let go of what they no longer need, they do it with grace. What an important lesson for us to learn. How often do we hang onto what we no longer need?
The leaves on a tree fall when the light changes and rids the tree of all her toxins for that year. The leaves in turn nourish the forest floor and provide nutrients for young trees, shelter for insects and animals and each last cast off leaf gets recycled.
Trees make a place for birds to sing. They also provide a place for little houses (nests) to be built.
We can gain strenght and wisdom as well as peace and calm from trees. On a hot day, we can whisper "thank you" for the shade they provide.
I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far! ~John Muir
Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.
~George Bernard Shaw , Maxims for Revolutionists , 1903
What You May Not Know About Trees
While researching facts about trees I found myself totally absorbed in what I learned. Here are a few interesting facts I'd like to share with you:
- In Sweden Willow trees are used to clean sewage sludge, reuse wastewater and recycle liquid from landfills.
- Preserve mature trees. These elders remove 70 times more pollution than newly planted trees.
- One single tree absorbs as much carbon in a year as a car does while driving 26,000 miles.
- The tallest tree in the U.S. is found in the northern region of California's Redwood National Park. This tree is 359 ft. tall and over 2000 years old. I've been privileged to see this amazing giant Redwood.
- Trees are the longest living organisms on the planet.
- The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.
- A reasonable estimate of the lifetime of trees is 100-150 years
God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools. ~John Muir
Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.
~Cree Indian Proverb
Listen, Relax And Breathe Deeply
Let us all work toward a greener, healthier, more beautiful world by protecting our trees. Trees save an average of eight lives every year. Trees catch tiny particles and pollution from the air on their leaves and branches. Trees clean the air we breathe.
Teach your children to respect trees. Be a careful observer. A tree makes no distinction in the shade it gives, like this, the meditator should make no distinction between any beings
Thank you for being here. I welcome your comments and invite you back again.
"I look for the beauty others cannot see."
© 2010 Audrey Hunt