The Angel Oak tree on Johns Island, SC is a Live Oak estimated to be between 300 and 400 years old. Its massive, draping limbs and wide spreading canopy present the aura of an angel; however, the naming was acquired from the tree's previous owners, Justis and Martha Angel. Painting by Frank deLoach, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The same is true for us. In the moment of our birth, our vital connection to Mother Earth begins and our grounded-ness with her is established. She supports our very existence on this planet. We can choose to create a robust and multi-layered relationship with her or we can choose to leave it simple, it’s up to us. However, the more we can cultivate our relationship with her, the more supported and nourished we feel. The more likely we are to remain standing after the storms in our lives.
In Charleston, we are lucky to have plentiful opportunities to co-create with and enjoy Mother Earth. We have creeks, rivers, and oceans to explore. We have forests to walk through. We have markets where we can buy locally grown food. I love to be outside right now. Some of my current favorite ways to be in Nature include breathing deeply while:
- walking in the grass, bare-foot
- planting an herb garden
- sitting in a park or on a pier
- cooking a meal made from fresh local produce
- swimming in the ocean
Another aspect trees demonstrate is the adage “as above, so below” — their leaf canopy mirrors their root system in shape and size. I believe this can also be true for us. Perhaps the way we develop our relationship with Mother Earth reflects the potential in connection we can also enjoy with the Divine. The more we nurture our Divine and Earth connections, the more they come into alignment and balance one another. This allows us to receive more support and love from the Cosmos while fulfilling our purpose on Earth.
Have you ever gazed at the Stars in the night Sky while lying on the ground? This is one of my favorite ways to embody and experience myself as a connection between Heaven and Earth. What’s yours? Send me an email and let me know.