After the second Drama on the Saturday morning of the Silent Eye Workshop we had a break, then a presentation from Lorraine Munn on The Natural World and Man. Lorraine is a Druid and she is a mentor with O B O D and an ordained minister with the One Spirit Interfaith Foundation.
Lorraine spoke to us about how there is so much in Nature that is spiritual and it’s relationship to man.
Lorraine is a warm and knowledgeable woman who made us all stop and think. She suggested that we can learn a lot from plants and trees. Lorraine is very wise about trees she can commune with them.
I shall not attempt to repeat her presentation because I do not want to misquote or misrepresent her in any way.
I love nature and I have always loved trees. I often find myself drawn to them and can spend hours in their company.
Bend with the wind,go with the flow
So wise, with knowledge we will never know.
Bare in the winter
Silent in snow
Covered in blossom in spring
Birds nest in your branches and sing
Summer brings green leaves
And you give us shade
Autumn’s hues are a sight to behold
Covering the ground in carpets of red and gold.
Trees know so much, they see so much. We use them to build, for warmth, for furniture. We give little back. We, humans as a race are users. Vast forests and jungles are cleared in the name of progress.
Hopefully with the splinters and ashes and discarded furniture the trees go back into mother Earth so new ones may grow.
Trees and vegetation were here before us, they will be here when we are gone.
Yes Lorraine is right we can learn a lot from nature. Trees and plants have been here so much longer than we have. Animals too can teach us so much. Have you ever been privileged enough to have a close encounter with, a fox, deer or even domestic animals. The knowledge in their eyes is beautiful.
Ruby (sitting) and her friend Quala. They are both Guide Dogs, though Ruby is now retired and lives with us.
Yes Lorraine confirmed my feelings on our relationship with Nature and gave me a lot to think about.
Our Acer we have only had it a year but we hope it will grace us with it presence for a long time to come.
Female, wife, full time mother and Grandmother. I am not as happy go lucky as I used to be but I am still bubbling along on simmer! I have three handsome sons all grown and flown.The youngest married with a beautiful wife and two sons of his own. Eleven years ago I was working, running a home, driving and socializing then bang in a split second all that was gone. I had an accident at home. I broke my back, not for the first time, I had broken it 10 years previously as well. Unfortunately this time I had broken it really badly and it was truly messed up so I had to have two operations. I was told before each operation that the outcome could mean I spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair. Still as some guy once wrote "I am still standing " yes "better than I ever was " not quite but with the help of a walking stick and as long as I do not stand or sit in one position for too long, I am still standing! Update I no longer use the walking stick . I had lots of friends before the accident but when things like this happen, you loose most of them. Their lives move on and mine stood still and so they left me behind ...I know that is just the way life is but it hurt and always will. Then I looked around and saw those who were still there for me, these friends are the roses in my garden they need to be tended well. They are the diamonds in the dust, I will of been married 50yrs plus this year . Pain and boredom are my enemies now, I have to find different ways to approach life, use my pain befriend it almost...yer right , well that is what they tell me at the pain clinic ROFLMAO ...... if only I could! I have found an outlet for my fears, frustrations and night terrors . I have started writing poetry if that name can be applied to my writing. I hope I do not come over as a moaning winger. I hope I am past all that. I also hope that you might see how the poetry is moving from very dark through the grey and
hopefully in to light ??
I need to update this a little here. I have worked very hard over the years since my accident, I go to the gym regularly, I have a Pilates class and a core class once a week . The guys at the gym and my Pilates teacher cajoled, teased, bullied and encouraged me to abandon my walking stick! :) My back is no longer straight it is C shaped because of the injury and I have lost two and a half inches in height but my Pilates and Core teachers have helped me to stand up as straight and as strongly as possible. Pain and depression are still hanging on my arm but I have weapons to use against them and if I say so myself I cope well.
I have made lots of new friends, real diamonds. I am also very grateful for all the support and help I have encountered here on Wordpress. Hugs and welcome to everyone who visits.
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25 thoughts on “Lord of the Deep. Trees and Plants.”
Beautiful thoughts… Tree-mendous in fact 😁
Thank you Sis , Tree-mendous, love it💜💜
I agree, trees are wonderful and mysterious beings. ❤
Yes indeed all my life I have been drawn to them 💜
“I often find myself drawn to them and can spend hours in their company.” Agree!
Trees are beautiful and calming 💜🙋
I love your little acer… odd that Nick fell in love with a red one too 🙂
Yes indeed a coincidence, I believe there is something very special about the red Acer I bought my estranged son and his family one for their second anniversary.. I hope one day they will look at it and think of my hubby and me 💜
They have a real presence… so Ihope they will too ❤
Lovely tree photographs, willowdot21! Are they your own? Really beautiful. And our feelings for nature are not difficult to understand – we are part of it. We are not separate from nature; in it we find our own selves. The same force that tends and sustains nature, tends and sustains us – as it makes the sap rise and fall in the trees, so it controls our breathing and our hearts; as it ushers in then out the seasons, so it does with ourselves.
Hello Besonian , you have worded your reply beautifully. I totally agree with what you say. Yes those photo are are all mine lovely memories 💜
Thank you willowdot21. I think that if more of us had the time to stop, still our minds and recognize that ourselves and nature are one, we wouldn’t be quite so ready to trash the natural world as we do at this time. In trashing that, we trash our own selves and the world of our children.
Yes indeed, if we do not stop now it will be too late if it is not already 😲
Resonating with all this! (As you know my love for trees. 🌲🌳 💚) Lovely Acer tree….ours got frostbitten in a late freeze last month and I fear it’s dead….) Enjoyed all your other photos as well. 😊🌲💚🌳
Thank you Betty, I really feel every word that I wrote in this post. I am so glad you liked this 💜💜💜
Yes, we’re kindred spirits – sisters! ❤️❤️❤️
We are indeed 💜💜