Strong and Rooted

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I’ve often looked at a tree with envy. I can’t help but wonder how it would feel to stand majestic and strong as the winds of life just blow on through. I wonder how comforting it would be to feel so rooted that nothing or no one could tear me down. I think about how it would feel to bend with the flow without resisting or fighting what’s going to be. 

I guess that explains why tree pose is one of my favorites in yoga. When I start to feel afraid or threatened, you can find me practicing tree pose or holding warrior, standing tall and strong for just a moment.

You Do Matter

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Fall is a time that blatantly screams change in its magnificent hues and colors. This is always that time of year that I feel a new sense of hope and a burst of enthsiasm. It reminds me that change brings with it so much promise for something better, something different. It’s hard to watch the leaves fall off the trees. Every time I see one, it reminds me of the years I have lost, the people I have lost but it also forces me to remember that those trees will give birth to new leaves and promise of something even more beautiful than the year before. As we celebrate the birth of my nephew I can’t help but see my own place on a very large tree where the branches, although growing apart are still intertwined and very connected. We all have that base. Some call it roots, others family and still others refer to it as being grounded. We are not alone even if we think we feel that way. We are part of a magnificent perfection that grows and changes over time. It is solid and as new branches appear and others break away, every single branch is what makes that tree amazing and whole. Today, look in the mirror and tell yourself, I am important. I do matter and just being alive is purpose enough.

Bend

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Bend so you do not break. What do those words mean to you? It seems like people are so rigid anymore. They are afraid to give an inch, a quarter, kindness, compromise in fear that something will break them, destroy who they are, take what they have. 

Have you ever just sat and watched a tree? I love the sound it makes as a gentle breeze blows through the leaves. It moves just enough to follow the pattern of the gentle wind. I have also watched these same trees in horrendous winds. They blow and bend almost in half and still they do not break. You would think they would just snap in half but somehow, someway they manage to bounce back looking the same way as they did before.

Be like a tree, learn how to bend. Be flexible and go with the flow. You Are resilient and beautifully grounded and it is in that grounded place that you will find the confidence to bend. Nothing can break you. 

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A Row of trees

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I was driving to pick up Chase after school. On my way, there were a row of trees. One of them caught my eye. I thought about how sometimes I feel like that tree that doesn’t look like all the rest. It’s tough to accept that you don’t fit in. It’s tough when you have a mind of your own and stay true to who you are. It is a lonely place when you look around and realize you are the leader of an invisible army and although you don’t understand it, you know you are different. Sometimes I just want to blend in and disappear.

Then I smiled to myself because that tree was beautiful, it was full of color and it stood out to the point I had to take notice. If it looked like the others, I would have driven by and never have seen it. Yes, I want to be that tree. Sometimes to be beautiful, you have to be different from all the rest.