Each Friday the kids at Edie’s school don’t step foot inside the one room classroom but instead head out on some sort of adventure.
Last week they visited an old growth forest just down the road from us. Apparently it’s super rare; an interior rain forest. I had no idea we were so blessed. I always knew this little valley we live in is super special and I’m constantly finding official ways to say how it is so.
I think that’s why it’s especially poignant and it breaks my heart when I discover new projects and industry fast approaching this sacred space and realizing that no place will be left unscathed at the hands of ‘progress’ by the time our kids have children of our own.
I was fearless until I had kids.
Becoming a mother is like watching as the dial knob of life crop up a new number. Life’s volume now cranks up to eleven; Spinal Tap style. The beauty and the injustice.
But I realize now I have the tools to help me cope when bouts of anxiety and fear pounce on me. And lucky enough, I witnessed some of these tools being taught during this school outing; planting the seeds for our children to cope with strength and integrity the unknown and challenges that the world, and life, will surely present to them.
Hug a tree
The herbalist leading the walk taught the kids that if they ever get lost in the forest to hug a tree and that will help increase their chances of survival. She even mentioned that those who hug trees are typically healthier than non-huggers.
When I`m in full on meltdown mode I find a solace and an immediate shift in perspective when being outside among these giants. Doesn`t necessarily have to come to going to first base with the tree or anything. Just simply sitting among them I feel comforted. Protected even.
Name your tree
The kids were to pick a tree in this old growth forest and observe it carefully, reflect on why that particular tree called to them and bestow a name to it.
Offering a name, word or a prayer helps propel me to this reality that there is a concrete relationship to the divine. A ritual I have created for myself to do each New Year is fill out Leonie Dawson’s Incredible Year workbook (or get in on becoming a member of the circle because you’ll get all her gorgeous ecourses for free if you are hooked up in her circle where you will find me at as an affiliate, yo, and then email me and I’ll give you a free Mama Bliss Coaching session) and each year there is a prompt to chose your word that will be your anchor for the months to follow.
This year my word is TRUTH. It has picked me up so many time and strengthened me like a soul vitamin. My tree’s name is Truth.
Draw your Tree
If you haven’t had a chance yet check out my free Ten Days to Get you from Crummy to Yummy Mummy ecourse. Presented there are exercises to invite more of what you want to feel into your life today. A few of these tasks incorporate drawing into self-discovery.
Inviting artistic expression into our daily experience, while letting go of judgement of perfectionist stance on outcome, can open up a lot of healing modalities and insight on how we can connect with what is hidden not too deep under the surface.
Never underestimate the healing powers of an afternoon date with a sewing machine.
I’m in a good space now. I wasn’t a couple of weeks ago truth (ha, ha) be told, but I’m more like tree now – stronger, taller and more at peace with the change around me.
What`s your anchor in times of crisis? If you would like to share I would love to hear your truth in the comments below.