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Trees As Teachers About Life & Death

Today I thought I would share a piece from Eckhart Tolle. The bank holiday has passed and I have been remembering my dear friend Anna. Last August bank holiday was the last time I saw her before she passed away. Life and Death are all part of Nature. If you have lost a loved one this year I hope this brings you comfort. Let us find beauty and solace where we can.

Shady Spot by Dick Coulthard.
"A Shady Spot" by member ©Dick Coulthard

“When you walk through a forest that has not been tamed and interfered with by man, you will see not only abundant life all around you, but you will also encounter fallen trees and decaying trunks, rotting leaves and decomposing matter at every step. Wherever you look, you will find death as well as life.

Turkey Tail fungus by Stuart Robins
"Turkey tail fungus in fine coastal oak and birch woodland, Peanmeanach, Western Highlands" by member ©Stuart Robins

Upon closer scrutiny, however, you will discover that the decomposing tree trunk and rotting leaves not only give birth to new life, but are full of life themselves. Microorganisms are at work. Molecules are rearranging themselves. So death isn’t to be found anywhere. There is only the metamorphosis of life forms.

What can you learn from this?

Death is not the opposite of life. Life has no opposite. The opposite of death is birth. Life is eternal.”

~ Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks -

Our Ancient and Sacred Tree members have their observations too, about trees.

"Trees are Life! I feel very happy and connected to nature in the forests." Jenny Parkins Tullier

Sun and tree canopy and sycamore leaf
'Sun among the trees Canopy' by member Martin Bullock.

Louise Lyne says "They are the life blood of the planet. Where would we be without them? There's so much more to trees than we realise as well as there beauty and magnificence. I feel mindful and at peace around them and I'm keen to learn more about them."

Tree Canopy by Colin Chilcott-Legg
"Looking up into the canopy on a bright spring day, with the rustling of the gentle breeze and dancing shadows" by member ©Colin Chilcott-Legg

"There is so much beauty when you look up. It's incredible what you can discover when you are standing at a trunk and looking up at the world." Alex Howden

Fungi, Forget Me Not
Forget Me Not - The Cycle of life, Death and Remembering by ©Amanda C Vesty

Below is a photograph of a place my friend Anna loved very much. It is owned by the charity Forest Of Dreams.

In memory of my beautiful friend Anna with much love as always.

Blessings to you all

from Amanda Claire x


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