Friendly Forests!

I just got back from hiking in the forest. I had the need to visit trees today, and it’s the visit among the trees that really grounded me back into being here in the high desert and feeling happy.

I have found myself (this week) telling too many stories about my past – but nature and trees and the big sky are really good for helping me get present. Meditation and yoga are good, but often solitary and sometimes lonely. A solitary hike in the woods doesn’t have the same kind of loneliness (ok, I did bring a dog, but . . . )

There is something wonderful about the trees!

When Dr. Simard starts talking about fungi, the first thing I thought of was a neural network. How cool!

forest near buffalo park (c) 2013 holly troy

3 thoughts on “Friendly Forests!

  1. Now go out and fix the astrolabe of thy single eye on tonight’s stars!

    St Henry David Thoreau writes of his earliest memories, laying awake into the night, “looking through the stars to see if I could see God behind them.”

    “The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.”
    —Meister Eckhart (c1260-c1327)

    (I-and-I One Love)

    I seek more of You than to name Your Name…
    We are the flute: our music is all Yours.
    The light of the soul sets not and has no yesterday.
    Love is the astrolabe of your secrets.
    If the light that illuminates the world were to draw near,
    The world would be consumed.
    —Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273)

    But the stars are in your eyes! as you are among the stars!
    I see you there! I see you here:
    in the deepest night sky of one heart
    —sings one to whom you have been revealed

    one seeing one knowing
    among the trees under the night sky

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  2. Welcome Home
    Three for thee and thy trees:

    I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. ~e.e. Cummings

    To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.
    ~Helen Keller HELEN Gorgeous KELLER!!!

    As you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest, or sprawl wet-legged by a mountain stream, the great door, that does not look like a door, opens.
    ~Stephen Graham, The Gentle Art of Tramping

    Welcome HOME, child!
    We’ve all been holding the door open for your return (saith thy trees)

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