A little about Trees

sawant wadi (6)Sometimes  I wonder if the current government is waging a war with trees. In the name of development we seem to indiscriminately cut trees, old trees that provided the shade along well laid roads have been chopped off too, and the ground has been cemented.

Yet somewhere along the way, the trees, are our second dimensional existence, if only we could be like them, with our crowns opening to the universe and roots going deep down into the earth this roots.  To quote my mother,”keep your feet on Terra Firma.”

Think about this, a tree that is beginning to grow sends roots down into the 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. If we could connect to our second dimension, we would realize that we have roots that reach to the earth, and energy strands that keep us connected. At the same time, the crown of our head lifts and opens to receive nourishment from above. Just like a tree we seek the sunshine and water we need to survive and thrive. Both trees and people serve as conduits for the intermingling of the opposite and complementary elements of air, water, sun and earth.

When you look at the buildings particularly round old metros, we find greenery sprouting right out of the building.  And greenery emerges just when we think our concrete casing has it in control, somewhere, this is reflected in the creative ways of human growth regardless of the challenges we face in the environment. Trees grow through rocks, shattering it, in their effort to reach the air and light that they need to survive, like wise we have a resilient with a built-in propensity for growth and the conditions that we promote it.  We always find creative ways around the obstacles we confront as we move along our paths, moving towards the light that feeds us, just as trees grow around other trees and rocks as they make their way upward.

Barkuru fort-7-2 (1)Contemplating the ways in which trees and people mirror one another brings us into alignment with the reality that we are part of Mother Nature.  Hopefully our children, and the trees and their children will live together on the earth as long as we all survive, sharing the elements and serving together to forward nature’s plan. Walking in a forest can be a meditation, the interweaving lives of all living creatures and the planet on which we all take root and reach for the sky.

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