Do you ever meditate on trees and how they reflect us, our souls and our spiritual place in this world? I love doing this, and have found so many layers to it.
There is first of all the concept of grounding down, receiving nourishment from the earth, while also reaching up, arms wide open to the Sun, the Universe, all that is above. Then there are the natural rhythms of the tree - the death and renewal it goes through each year, the quiet introspection of winter followed by the blossoming in spring.
I also like to think of how a tree is a natural part of this world, something that makes the world feel more complete, more whole, more perfect. It reminds me that just as I am, I too am a natural and beloved part of the cosmic collective.
It wasn't until I came across this image of a heart, with the veins visible, that I realized this metaphor goes even deeper.
To see the veins so clearly looking like tree roots, roots that ground us into our own heart, roots that allow us to receive nourishment from our soul, our source of love, is something I could look at all day. It's also just so beautiful, and reminds me once again that the body is a mystical reflection of the beauty and majesty of the soul.
Take a moment today to breathe into your heart.
Breathe in from above, just as the tree receives the sun and oxygen from above. Pull in God, your Higher Self, the Love that permeates all of creation, and send it down through your roots, the veins of your heart. Let that flow out through you, carrying your divine connection to everything to all corners of your body with each beat of your heart.
And then breathe in again, pulling up through those roots, pulling up from the earth, knowing that you are a child of this earth.
You were nourished by food that grew in the soil, by water that flows through the valleys between mountains, and that every part of your body was first a part of the earth, and so shall it all return, because we are truly One with this world, in all ways, above, below, inside and out.