I have so many women in my life – women who know the value of self care and the value of being outdoors. The power of walking is something that women who care for themselves know about and it is virtually impossible to take a walk without one day stopping to gaze at, contemplate, notice, talk to and eventually embrace a tree. I’ve done it. I’ve seen others do it. My grandkids just naturally do it. It is just something that is in us…if we make that time for walking.
Today I celebrate Life Artist Kelly Morrison who found this old forest tree and so lovingly reached her arms around it. Looking at this photo makes me wish I was that tree having Kelly hug me. So comforting and supportive. I would welcome Kelly’s arms around me that way any day.
I was so inspired by this photo I asked on my Facebook page for more photos of women hugging trees and the creative Retreat Coach LaRonda Zupp sent me her tree photos. Again, women and trees; this touches me. I remember meeting Julia Butterfly Hill almost a decade ago after she spent over 700 days living in a giant Sequoia tree in the redwood forest. Tall and slender, young and full of life, she looked like the enormous tree she lived in and she even moved around the room with a sway that treetops in wind have. Her story still is compelling to me; she was called to help save this tree and heeded that call.
- Where do you find comfort?
- What brings you that inner nurturing that allows you to ride out the wind storms of your life? If not in Nature, then where?
- Is your home a nest of rest and renewal? Do you walk out your front door and find trees that speak to you? Are you listening?
Alone with myself
The trees bend to caress me
The shade hugs my heart.
Helene Van Manen | RetreatCoaches.com