What Does It Take to Grow Your Tree?
By Kathy Custren
I have a confession to make, which may not come as a complete surprise: I am an old lady who likes trees. There, I've said it; and I feel better. Now, before I get the label of being either a hippie or a yokel, perhaps an explanation is in order. We can find a lot of wisdom in a tree, as you will see.
Know Your Tree - Beyond Image and Metaphor
When we look at a tree we may have a certain image in mind. Is your tree a young sapling, somewhat willowy and bendable, or a mighty oak that reaches into the sky? Is your tree an evergreen tree, perhaps a blue spruce or one with plenty of pine cones or sticky sap? Just about every tree on our planet has some type of story behind it-such as the Bodhi tree under which Buddha sat for many years. Do you suppose some of its wisdom rubbed off on him?
The Natural Beauty and Science of Your Tree
The Celts of Europe had an entire alphabet that related directly to a wide variety of trees and their attributes. It looks at more than just the natural beauty and adds another dimension of awareness. If we are aware that each of us holds similar attributes, it may help give us insight into our family, friends, audience, or the world at large. What types of trees relate to you best? Are you allergic to pine trees? Does the fall season with its changing leaves fill you with joy and wonder?
Fertile Soil is Best for Your Tree
If we are honest, we recognize that it takes fertile soil and some attention to keep our tree growing well, strong, and happy. My bonsai tree arrived complete with its minute doses of fertilizer. Do you know what it takes to keep you-ahem-that is to say, your favorite tree strong and happy? Do you give your tree enough attention, water, and nourishment?
Is Pruning Your Tree Really Necessary?
When it comes to your tree, it may be surprising to find that you may need to give it a little beautification from time to time. There is nothing wrong with a natural look, but a certain amount of pruning is necessary to remove dead leaves or branches. Getting rid of dead wood helps the remaining branches to grow stronger. We all have something that we are better off not hanging onto any longer.
Is Your Tree a Giving Tree?
Finally, is your tree a giving tree? Does it sit there and give off an essence of beauty? Can you look at your tree and feel balanced or at one with it? Does it provide shade on the sunny days, or maybe even bear fruit that can be eaten or used in cooking? Every tree gives something back, and it is a good reminder that our own lives ought to provide something or give back something for others.
Consciousness tells us that our tree is a metaphor for our life, our family, our business, and many relationships. Trees can be evergreen, or wear leaf coats of many colors and sizes. Take time today and be mindful of your tree, and see what kind of wisdom awaits.
About the Author
Kathy Custren, OMTimes Senior Editor, is a mother of four. She strives for balance and has a deep respect for All. Interests include education, elements, nature, humanity's cosmic origins, philosophy, spirituality, and wellness. Connect with her community page "Consciousness Live" on Facebook.