Jan 1st

Ommm Healing Journey: Community, An Unfolding

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I would like to stand inside of every kind of forest.  Commune with every kind of ecology. To listen and learn how to grow strong and true in harmony with a community in the midst of its own evolution.

Nature knows how to behave, how to give way to diversity.  How to allow every potential its expression and the space for each expression to succeed or fail as they will.  Nature allows life its way. And evolves around some greater intelligence. Balancing along some point beyond our current understanding.  The point of separation between creation and destruction, like the space between breaths, between expansion and contraction. A point that is fluid and still.

Nature teaches us the cycles.  The seasons here to teach each their own lessons.  The stars to offer direction. The moon to teach us our tides, how we ebb and flow.  The animals that offer the wisdom of survival in body and the soul medicine found when we study their stories within the evolution of us and the world.  It is all there in the ecology. In the shapes and colors. In it all.

This year, I found deep wisdom in the community of trees. In the spring, the leaves wait to appear until the earth is blanketed in green and then each tree awakens in their own time.  I learned to find my own time to bloom when it will not steal sunshine from another. In the summer, the tall trees endure the fire of the sun and offer shade for tender plants to thrive below. I learned to stand tall and protect the space for tenderness to grow around me.  At the peak of autumn’s glory, the leaves begin to fall. I learned to appreciate the beauty of each time as it lasts but when the fire is gone, to let it go. In all the seasons, the roots held the earth along the rushing rivers edge. I learned to hold my ground along my edges but also that sometimes the ground can wash away and I may have to bend to hang on.  

Winter’s lesson it still working on me.  I see the evergreens, hard and prickly, some with seeds that have to be set aflame to release.  I learned how to hold my guard against the outside world when I want to stay green in the ice. But then I look to the deciduous trees to learn a different kind of strength from those who draw their green inside and stand defenseless and exposed to it all.  From them I learned the freedom of vulnerability and the resiliency born of tending our worlds within.

I found  so much wisdom just in standing witness to this natural order.  I believe the deepest wisdom from my communion with trees was found in watching the trees grow and change, each in their own wonderful way, and all in service to the continuing evolution of the forest.

“The world of life, of spontaneity, the world of dawn and sunset and starlight, the world of soil and sunshine, of meadow and woodland, of hickory and oak and maple and hemlock and pineland forests, of wildlife dwelling around us, of the river and its wellbeing – all of this {is} the integral community in which we live.” – Thomas Berry

Nikki is a Mother, Wife, Healer, Hopeful Suburban Homesteader acknowledges words are her mind’s tools; writing her soul’s craft; and this circus of life her heart’s muse. Read more from Nikki here on her blog, The Way I Bee. Nikki’s massage therapy and energy healing, including reiki/cranio with some spontaneous journey work, are part of the offerings at Nourishing Storm Wellness Company.

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