Welcome! This is a place to share how we celebrate & deepen our relationship to Nature. Here you will find stories, images, & ideas about wilderness, human nature, & soulfulness. Drawing from the experiences of everyday living, the topics on this blog include: forays into the natural world, the writing life, community service, meditation, creativity, grief & loss, inspiration, & whatever else emerges from these. I invite you on this exploration of the wild within & outside of us: the inner/outer landscape.

05 January 2018

Bigleaf Maple

Imagine a bigleaf maple tree in the middle of a pasture. Four seasons of the tree’s life flash through the mind’s eye: buds, full summer bloom, fiery leaves, frost-covered limbs.

Imagine the roots of the tree—of yourself—reaching downward through the soil, tethered to mud and expanding downward like the unseen mirror of the branches above ground. Perfect symmetry.

Imagine the bigleaf maple branches reaching too: wide and far into horizontal spaces, and up a bit into the air overhead.

Imagine that this bigleaf maple does not stand alone. It resides in a community of living beings: grass, soil, heron, coyotes; loved ones; the hungry stranger on the corner, the glint of moonbeam on dog fur; the refugee, saint, cashier, hermit; the rat, osprey, dandelion, moss; the charred remains of landscapes and the sparkling teal seas. Out and out and out this community stretches, encompassing, including, embracing.

Imagine rooting deeper into what nourishes and sustains: gratitude; passion for engaging the deep calling that is work, purpose; compassion for all beings.

Imagine, too, reaching broadly into opportunity, reverie, seasons and cycles, interconnection.

May you live these early days of the new year with every blessing and breath in harmony with your own intentional gifts for the world.

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