One day I was going for walk at the nature reserve near my home. It was the path I walked almost every day and knew quite well. On this particular day, out of the blue, a small opening appeared along the track. It felt kind of magical and I was surprised that it had been invisible to me for so long.
The opening lead to a beautiful tree. The tree grew in such a way that I was able to sit comfortably on its trunk and look up at its beautiful canopy at the same time. I asked the tree if it was ok for me to sit with it. I felt the answer was yes. When I first sat on the tree, I felt an almost immediate shift in my energy: more grounded, clearer and more peaceful. When it was time to leave, I thanked the tree and continued with my walk.
This became a regular activity for me and I grew excited to see the tree every time I went for a walk. I’m not sure how it happened, but every time I sat with this tree I would come away feeling completely different. I loved how the tree never resisted the changing weather and seasons, and it never fought the wind. It welcomed the birds that rested on its branches and the ants that crawled along its trunk. The tree seemed to welcome anything that came it’s way. Including me. And I was grateful.
The last time I visited the tree I had an intense desire to climb its trunk and its branches. When I asked the tree, I felt the answer was no. So I let it go and continued to sit.
The other day, I was going for my usual walk along the path. It had been very windy the day before but I didn’t think anything of it. As I was approaching the tree I got a shock to see that it had fallen in the wind. It’s trunk had snapped and it turns out it was hollow inside (I was grateful I didn’t climb it!).
I stopped in my tracks. I couldn’t move for a moment…it was like I didn’t quite believe what I was seeing. I slowly approached the tree. Tears started streaming down my eyes…This surprised me. I’d never felt this way about a tree before. I felt I’d lost a friend. I went up and touched it’s trunk. I said, ‘I know you’re not MY tree but for some reason I feel like you are. I love you and I am so grateful for our time together.’ This beautiful tree was off on a whole new journey. Perhaps this ending is actually a new beginning.
Why am I sharing this? Well, I’ve always loved nature and felt it to be incredibly healing. But I guess this was the first time that I felt a deep personal connection to a tree. There wasn’t a single time I walked away from the tree feeling the same. I always felt at home there, peaceful and connected. I understand now that all of nature is my friend. Nature is full of magic, possibility and healing energy. For this I am so grateful.
P.S I just so happened to take the above photo on the last day I visited the tree before it fell.