Thursday, May 24, 2012

I stand tall

Yes, she clearly heard the tree yell at her, “I stand tall.”

This was not the first time that she heard the whispers of the trees. They greeted her always and they shared their stories with grace. One look was enough to get their message for the day–she always felt it intuitively.

One day not long ago, they said, “You belong with us.” Then, she knew why she had always longed for nature, in any form. She knew why her inspiration always comes from nature, as she adores “nature in all its miraculous forms.”

But today was different. She was strolling in the forest and the trees to her right suddenly yelled:

“We stand tall.” She immediately knew that she had to stand tall in life, whatever challange might come her way, anytime. Recently, she had some matters on her mind, but now, she immediately knew she had to stand tall like a tree. She knew that her inner truth had told her what she needed to know, that she was aware and so she was free of judgment. As long as she listened to what her heart whispered, she could not go wrong.

As she walked on, the trees were eager to tell more. They were so willing to share their perennial wisdom. She felt huge respect and love for them, as they were offering the wisdom of Mother Nature to her, so openly.

They said, “We are the spokespeople of Mother Nature.” Such gripping words were these, she was stunned.

“We reach out.” The branches of the trees were leafless on this sunny chilly winter day and they indeed looked like arms reaching out! “How amazing,” she thought, as she felt like hugging all the trees she could see around her. "How warm they are, they want to embrace me, they want to become one with me."

“We are strongly grounded to Gaia,” she heard them go on. Gaia, Mother Earth, was feeding them unconditionally, with no discrimination whatsoever. Whether it was an oak tree, a maple tree, or a wild cherry tree, it was no different for Gaia. Gaia knew in her heart what most humans had totally forgotten, “We are One.” To be grounded and centered in life, we need to remember our Oneness–that we came from the Source, and we will go back to the Source. Like all conscious beings; minerals, rocks, crystals, plants, animals; All.

Another look at the trees and she saw the few remaining dried leaves on the oak tree, which said, “Dear One, also remember that we live and learn the cycle of life, this is another message we have for you today.” "Well," she thought, "indeed they do." With the seasons, each tree learns so much. First there is the flowers in the spring, then the fruit in the summer, and then the slow dieing down in the fall, and finally the letting go in the winter; fully resting, and releasing. What an evolution. What a wise cycle.

She walked on and saw the trees swaying in the wind and the trees said, “Yes, we are very flexible and adaptable. Be it rain, snow or storm, we just go with it.” At that point, she noticed that the roots and the trunks of the trees were mostly not straight, but inclined. “They certainly knew how to fit in and blend in,” she thought–whatever the circumstances were.

At that moment, she approached a denser part of the forest. The trees had more to say, “We stand tall on our own, but also we share the same spirit, together with all Nature Spirits.” She thought about what the great poet Nazim Hikmet had said so brilliantly:

To live! Like a tree alone and free
Like a forest in brotherhood...

So much to learn from the trees, she thought.

... and she thanked the trees with all her heart...
... and promised to listen to them more in the new year...

Jan 5, 2012
Esra Üstar Oğuz   

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