Nature opens us to the possibilities of healing. Gratitude shifts that magic into action.
I am reminding you that You are Nature. Just as that tree, rooted deeply into the Earth, is a dynamic part of the flow of Nature, natural energy, so are you.
When we connect to this energy, deeply like the roots of the trees, deep self-healing begins. With this Earth connection comes a profound sense of gratitude that changes the way you function, right down to the way your individual cells function.
Take a Mighty Tree for example. Go outside, barefoot, and hug a Tree closely. Let go of all other thoughts, yup, Tree Meditation begins now. Allow yourself to experience how the roots run deeply into the Earth, how the branches reach high into the Sky, and how every leaf on the Tree is engaged in photosynthesis and breath to benefit every being on this planet.
The Gratitude We Can Express to the Trees:
When we walk the Earth, literally, with gratitude for every gift She gives us daily (food, medicine, shelter, water, air, light...) we begin to interact differently with ourselves, others, and the Earth as a whole.
This very energy is a gift of Self Healing.
Homework: Hug a Tree, barefoot. Now turn around and hug a tree backwards, spine to spine with the tree. Every day, find at least one being in your natural environment to thank for being there. Deeply think about that beings purpose in the web of life as you are thinking of reasons to thank it. Payoff of this homework: your life will be ripe with the Magic of Gratitude.
"If you ask me what is the most important thing that I have learned about being a Haudenosaunee, it's the idea that we are connected to a community, but a community that transcends time.
We're connected to the first Indians (people)* who walked on this earth, the very first ones, however long ago that was. But we're also connected to those Indians (people)* who aren't even born yet, who are going to walk this earth. And our job in the middle is to bridge that gap. You take the inheritance from the past, you add to it, your ideas and your thinking, and you bundle it up and shoot it to the future. And there is a different kind of responsibility. That is not just about me, my pride and my ego, it's about all that other stuff. We inherit a duty, we inherit a responsibility. And that's pretty well drummed into our heads. Don't just come here expecting to benefit. You come here to work hard so that the future can enjoy that benefit."
Rick Hill Sr. (Tuscarora)
Chair, Haudenosaunee Stabding Committee on NAGPRA
*(people) The word people is my addition because we are all one with all other beings on this Earth.