What can I say about the rainforest? It is beyond describing. Hiking through the Santa Elena forest for 4 hours was transforming. The sound of the rainforest birds and animals is unlike anything else I have heard. The two of us were almost the only humans within sight for hours. We walked looking up at amazing trees, vines, bromeliads, birds, and butterflies. we walked looking down at beetles, centipedes, and ants. I felt a detoxification and healing happen as we were immersed in the magic of hundred year old trees. I picked one beauty, I think a Ficus, to have an energy exchange with – what a moment of purification and gratitude.
On the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, I’m in the heart of Gaia. The warm ocean, sunshine, and lush vegetation melted away all my tension, worries, and jadedness.
I just read this article, “Nature and mood: using ecotherapy to treat depression” and it made all the sense in the world. Basically it compared walking in a “green area” vs along the highway or in the mall and the effects on depression or feelings of well being. Guess which path felt better? So as they say, location, location, location! It’s not about just getting the exercise, it is the ambiance of where you do it.
To see where I need to walk more look at the photo in my masthead! That is the coastside trail in Half Moon Bay, California.
We had a summer guest for a moment in our wood pile. This weasel was not at all afraid of us and really seemed to like Ander.
Wondering why this little guy came to visit, I did a little research:
Long-Tail Weasel Teaching : Protection
Among the Karuk Indians of northwestern California, the Weasel is considered a teacher and protector. There are many stories about Weasel outwitting witches and serving as a crusader against the evil actions of those who are jealous, wicked, and mean. Weasel is a powerful animal ally called upon to protect oneself and one’s family against the challenges and attacks of sorcerers.
Important Long-Tail Weasel Teaching : Offering Truth
Look to weasel power to tell you the ‘hidden reasons’ behind anything. Observe who or what needs attention, or a solution and offer your assistance in your own quiet or discreet way.
Long-Tail Weasel’s Wisdom Includes :
How to be Cunning and Swift
How to Protect Yourself and Keep Safe
Using Your Intelligence
Employing All Your Senses
Hmmm, a nice ally to have right now!
“Whenever we touch nature we get clean. People who have got dirty through too much civilization take a walk in the woods, or a bath in the sea. They shake off the fetters and allow nature to touch them. It can be done within or without. Entering the unconscious, entering yourself through dreams, is touching nature from the inside and this is the same thing, things are put right again.”
– C.G. Jung
A nice quote I saw on Jamie McHugh’s site.
Hey if you are too lazy to get in your car or too busy to leave your computer, you can still take a virtual walk in the redwoods by zooming in and out and mauvering on the path. Click here to be transported: http://www.uricogan.com/qtvr/redwoods-4-sm.html
I see this tree all over Santa Fe. I really like the leaves and pods on them. I’ve started using the little stems that fall of the tree in an art piece. Does anyone know what the name of the tree is and if the seed pods are used for anything?