Deeply Connected

Walking in the woods behind my apartment, I greet the forest as a community of dear friends, supporting me gently with each step I take. This healing forest has been part of my foundation for many years now. As I gradually slow my pace to a more relaxed and natural rhythm with the earth, I notice the small miracles happening all around me. 

New green life pushing up through the mud and melting snow. Birds singing intricate and beautiful songs of spring. The sun shining on my path and warming my face. Slowly, the rushing and the busy-ness of my life fades away and I am brought back to the present, to the true nature of the moment. 

The forest reminds me that I am not a separate individual but that I am intricately and deeply connected with all other beings. Knowing this, I smile and release my fears and stress. Mother Earth holds and transforms these things for me. The forest gives me an immense gift of hope and renewal, support and refuge.

And so I must take each opportunity I can to return to the forest, giving myself time to slow down and be renewed. Even if I can go for a 10 minute walk it is worth the time and effort. This spring I am relearning this lesson again and again, my need for renewal and refuge in our Mother Earth and in her community of all beings. 

I will do my best to walk gently along the tour path this spring, singing songs of celebration and gratitude for the miracles that surround us. I look forward to sharing the journey with you, and I am so grateful for my place in this immense family and for all my relations.



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