More Lessons From Trees
There are more lessons to be learned by bringing our awareness to nature and in particular to trees and observing how they react to the wind.
Think about it for a moment. When trees are buffeted by the wind, they respond to the movement of the wind by moving in harmony with it. They filter and allow the wind to blow through their branches and leaves. Their movements range from a slow and graceful swaying to that of an ecstatic dance.
When The Winds of Change Blow Into Our Life and Work
When we are buffeted by the winds of change in our own life and work, we tend to do the exact opposite. Our default, automatic pilot reaction is one of resistance. We brace ourselves trying hard to resist the forces of change that are blowing through our life and our work. We try to turn away from the wind, shield ourselves from it or even try to ignore it altogether, but still the winds of change buffet us.
We tend to respond in the same manner for both the little changes (gentle breezes) and the big changes (strong winds.) Our ingrained way of responding to the winds of change can make us weary, rigid and brittle. This resistance process can zap away at our strength, energy and growth and leave us feeling ungrounded. When the winds of change blow into our lives, we do not tend to bring our conscious awareness to the winds nor do we follow the examples of the trees by filtering and allowing the wind to blow in and through.
But we can indeed learn from the trees. The next time you hear the wind blowing outside, take a moment to pause and look out the window and focus on a tree. Observe how it moves in response to the wind. Ask yourself:
- What lessons does the tree have to teach me about how I engage with the winds of change?
- Do I filter and allow the winds of change to blow through me or do I resist and grow rigid trying to fight the winds of change?
- What could I do that would allow me to more consciously dance with and engage with the winds of change?
And the next time the winds of change begin to blow through your life or your work or both…take a deep breath and then take a moment to visualize a vibrant and strong tree dancing with the wind. Look at how it filters and allows the wind to blow through its branches and leaves. Repeat the following mantra as often as needed throughout the day:
“Filter and Allow”
Overtime, you’ll begin to feel a shift in how you dance with and respond to the winds of change. Filtering and allowing is a great practice for conscious living and conscious entrepreneuring. Give it a try!
Thanks to extremely gifted, Seattle-based healer, Elisha Weinberg at Ayaffa for inspiring today’s blog post!