The big tree at the center of the world

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The tree plays an important role in the human psyche, from the shamanic stories of the Garden of Eden to the concept of the family tree. Who among us has not placed our hand on a tree, felt the roughness of the bark, looked up at the leaves, and then looked down with realization? how big is his heart? Some of the pines in my neighborhood have grown to such heights that they wake up when I (Gillian) walk past them. Even in our secular culture, many people plant a tree when a child is born or watch the growth and success of maples, ash, birch, or poplar in their yard. or in nearby parks. We can measure the moments of our life as they grow.

For Siberian shamans, the great tree at the center of the earth connects the universe, our world, and heaven. From this big tree the shaman made a chest, he healed and searched for the lost. The tree is the main backbone connecting all the kingdoms. The tree has its secrets and wisdom to impart.

The lesson that a tree can give is that it grows and grows, and the fruit that grows at the right time needs to be anchored deep in the soil. This is a perfect sign of integrated human development. Often in modern culture, especially American culture, there is a feeling that full development requires a leap into the unknown and cut into the past. Come up with The great gatsby including his invented name and his fictional character. This, however, as we see in Fitzgerald’s novel, is a terrible deception.

Indeed, one way of rooting, and avoiding the fate of Gatsby, is to impose religious history, culture, and family history as we have written in previous posts. When family history is problematic (and who isn’t to some degree?), there is still the opportunity to identify with the positive aspects of the traditions and compare them to the ways of doing things in the current situation. One of the most obvious ways to show up during an illness is to return to old family patterns, as we seek to anchor ourselves to something solid, familiar, and stable.

Then there’s the opportunity to anchor it in its own right. As Williams wrote Nature Management (2017), “Scientists are calculating the effects of nature not only on behavior and well-being but also on our ability to think – to remember things, to plan, to act, to dream, and with a view.” (11). I don’t think most readers need a footnote research article to convince them of this. We have lived experience that a brisk walk in the woods or by the lake or ocean is the quickest way to restore balance, clear the head, and induce a state of openness and calm.

Another way to ground yourself is in the body itself, and many meditation classes teach techniques for moving through the body by focusing on the breath. Yoga asanas vrksasana (tree pose) is the one that most of us scoffed at as it required us to be balanced – stand firmly on the base of our feet and reach the arms up. It’s not easy. This pose requires awareness of the moment and a constant search for balance. So, nothing is fixed—it’s always a process of finding that point that balances.

In his book Between Earth and Heaven (2008), Nalini M Nadkarni, a biologist and plant lover, like us, plants are putting on signs of any pain they have in growing as they respond. as a result of gravity and wind (31). Those who have visited the Canadian defense will see the pines that are always flowing in one direction in response to the wind and the weight of the snow that they have avoided. Trees do not emerge from their growth without change and neither do we.

So I encourage these good reasons, wherever they may be found—from the I’ll-grow-anywhere, like-out-of-a-rock-face, jack pine until the taste of white birch, and anger and anger. accusing the Norway maple of causing hate online. They all have a story and this is just one of them. There are endless surprises at this point in my life’s journey that motivate me to keep my feet on the ground while continuing to expand and stretch and trying to reach as far as possible.

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