And The Tree Spoke: Nature as Healer {Scene & Story}

And The Tree Spoke: Nature as Healer {Scene & Story}

Darkness brings with it many unsettling sounds. Bumps and crashes. Clicks and pops. It’s easy to imagine voices in the dark.

But it is the early daylight hours of spring.

Walks in the woods might serve you well. I am able to breath a little easier when I’ve been outside for an hour. The tightness that comes from chronic anxiety, loosens. I feel more grounded. There is healing in nature. We began a routine of early morning hikes shortly after the last frost.

My husband and I use this time to talk. It also gives the little one a chance to burn off some energy early in the day. She basically runs a quarter-mile lap around us for the distance of the hike. It makes for a more pleasant afternoon if she tires herself out and naps later.

These walks also serve me well.

I’m able to breath a little easier when I’ve been outside for an hour. The tightness that comes from chronic anxiety, loosens. I feel more grounded.

I suppose there is a lot of research connecting wellness with time in nature, but experience is a good enough guide.

One doctor explains the positive effects of sunlight on depression to me. In the same session, she recommends a light lamp and an increased dose of medication. Another doctor describes my extremely low levels of Vitamin D.

“It’s a common deficiency here in the United States.”

He sends me home with a liquid concoction encapsulated by dehydrated cow liver.

So, when the spring thaw comes early this year, I’m glad to get outside. It’s not just the time with my family, although that’s important. It’s also that this space calls out to me. There is a lot of research connecting wellness with time in nature, but experience is a good enough guide. Get outside and find the medicine that nourishes your soul.

The trees emanate an energy field as they communicate with one another.

When we walk among them, we interact with their transmission. We take in their spirit and are healed.

I have heard the woods cry out for me. I have felt the mothering embrace of the earth, absorbing my grief; restoring my balance. I wish I could say it was a voice in the dark that I heard — something imagined.

But experience is a good enough guide.

These trees speak to me. They call me by name. They are my medicine. My church. Among the trees, I commune with the Divine. This is the essence of sacred self-care and nature as medicine. Follow the medicine that calls to your soul.Whether it’s the vines and branches brewed over a shaman’s fire, the quiet pines of the Northwoods, or the infant cherry tree in my own backyard,

these trees speak to me.

They call me by name.

They are my medicine. My church.

Among the trees, I commune with the Divine.

Nature as Healer:: This is our birthright

To follow the medicine that calls to your soul. To seek answers in the eternal. To walk among the trees and listen for the voice of God.


The post is part of the monthly Scene & Story linkup hosted by Sarah from Paisley Rain Boots and Lee from Sea Blue Lens


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These trees speak to me. They call me by name. They are my medicine. My church. Among the trees, I commune with the Divine. This is the essence of sacred self-care and nature as healer. Follow the medicine that calls to your soul.

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10 responses to “And The Tree Spoke: Nature as Healer {Scene & Story}”

  1. Mandy says:

    As someone who deals with anxiety too, I also love being outside. The warmth and sunshine do my soul a lot of good. 🙂 Wonderful post.

    With Love,
    Mandy

  2. León says:

    Iris, what a beautiful post. Nature is healing for me, too – as you say, “Experience is a good enough guide.” I’m looking forward to exploring your blog. Thank you for joining us for Scene & Story this month. I hope we’ll see more of you!

  3. I love the ideas that trees are kindred spirits, but wiser. This was amazing to read!

  4. Sandra says:

    Nature is indeed a great healer, I have experienced it. Trees emanate great wisdom and reassurance. I always say hello to my favourites when I get out into the country!

  5. Cathy says:

    Such true words and beautiful pictures! I always know when I’m stressed or anxious that I can head outside, breath the fresh air and feel much better.

  6. Sarah says:

    Welcome Iris! I am thrilled you have joined Scene & Story this month. We can read and read and listen and listen, but until we get out and experience for ourselves that is when the proof is in the pudding of how healing nature is to the soul.

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