Aloha Beautiful Souls,
By studying the rings of a tree we can better understand the life it had and can relate it to our own.
The rings show us when there were years of drought, and when there were years for growth.
We, too, are affected by our surroundings; the elements that make up our lives. When conditions are right we grow and expand. When a lack of love or nourishment befalls us, our growth is hindered.
A tree is rooted in one place. But we can move. We can quit our jobs, get out of a bad relationship, or do whatever it takes to move on.
All cycles in our life can offer major transformational shifts. Wisdom and resilience help us get through challenges that have the potential to permanently stunt our growth. The good news is: we have choices. When we understand and accept our roots, we are more resilient and able to move forward.
As we move into the holiday season, consider the greatest gifts that you can give yourself and others.
When we explore the rings and the roots of our past, we gain a greater understanding. Understanding enables us to regenerate.
We can renew whenever we choose by composting what does not serve us and nurturing what does. By focusing on a healthy mindset we can replenish and regenerate. We can heal the stunted year of our lives.
Recipe from a Tree
Stand tall and proud
Enjoy your natural beauty
Compost what does not serve you
Stay grounded, rooted
and grow at the same time
Strengthen your trunk
Nourish your core with rich microbial nutrients
Inhale and breathe deep
Exhale with gratitude
Drink plenty of water
Store some for the parched times
Branch out of your comfort zone
Enjoy the challenges
Go out on a limb for justice
Find your balance and strength
Get to the heart of the matter
Peel back the dried-up layers of bark
Maintenance is essential
Prune your mind and emotions
Do not fear the storms,
but prepare yourself for them
Bend with the wind
Embody new shapes
The strength to grow lies within, not externally
Enjoy the scent
of your flowers, and the diversity of others
Relish the flavor of different fruits
Share with the birds and the bees, and all you meet
Plant seeds of gratitude
Root new ideas in the appropriate ecosystem
Foster regenerative growth
Preserve and share the fruits of your labor
to prosper from the abundance
When the wind is blowing
in the right direction
Let go and ascend
Plant a seed so someone
can breathe. Sit in the shade and enjoy the future.