Common With Trees?
Are you ready to do a tree meditation to get to know a tree? First, take a few seconds and describe what you see in the picture above, ie tree, branches, color.
Now spend some time looking at the tree to see it in more detail. Really consider what you see. Imagine you are close enough to touch the tree - what does it feel like? What does it smell like? What color is it? Is the wind blowing through the branches? It is warm out or cold? What color are the leaves/needles? Are there leaves on the ground below it? What season it is? Are there birds flying about it or resting in the branches? Are there any animals in or around the tree? Are there flowers growing near it? See the tree from different viewpoints - above, beside, in front of it. Be aware of the tree and take in its awe and beauty.
Now ground with this tree by imagining you are connecting with the tree from the tip top in the sky all the way to the bottom of the tree and into the ground to all of its roots in the soil. Bury in the soil any worries, unwanted memories, stress or negativity. Take your time and then imagine you are leaving the roots and going back through the soil to the top of the ground, up the tree all the way to the top and back to you. You have now cleansed yourself of any negativity and the tree is filtering it out through the soil. Nature have amazing resilience.
When you are done, take a deep breath and exhale completely. This is your special place in the forest of your mind. While a tree stands silent but strong, recognize it is part of nature and has deep roots that connect it with other trees and the same ground you walk on.
- Both humans and trees need to breathe.
- Both humans and trees have an outer skin (bark).
- Both humans and trees have water inside.
- Both humans and trees touch the ground.
- Both humans and trees grow upward.
- Both humans and trees can fall down to the ground.
- Both humans and trees benefit from the sunshine.
- Both humans an trees have roots.
- Both humans and trees have families.
Can you think of more ways humans and trees have things in common? What are your favorite kinds of trees? I hope you enjoyed getting to know trees a little bit more :)
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