I received a short email post from The Girl God blog this morning, which drew a link between the nature of trees and that of human beings:
A tree that is
beginning to grow sends roots down into Mother Earth even as it reaches
and opens to the sky above, seeking nourishment from the sun and the
moisture in the air and in the rain that falls. In the same way, we can
envision ourselves as tree-like beings, imagining that we have roots
reaching down into the earth, energetic strands that keep us connected...
Part of what I have been learning over the last couple of years, both in my yoga practice and in my participation in Forest Church, is that I am connected to, and part of, the energy of the Earth. I had never thought of this before, and had assumed that I merely lived on the Earth, and not as part of it.
The email post went on to say:
the ways in which trees and people mirror one another brings us into
alignment with the reality that we are part of Mother Nature.
One of my favourite yoga poses is Tree pose (Vrsksasana). I certainly don't find it easy: there's the balancing, to begin with, and then the combined process of both rooting down into the earth and also reaching skywards. I enjoy this pose, but I have a long way to go yet.
For me, Tree pose allows me to take the tree as my teacher, to connect myself to the Earth's energy and to bring my awareness back to my body. Occasionally, I am also able to become still enough to realise that I, too, am part of Mother Nature.