“The happiest learns from nature the lessons of worship.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
It seems not a day passes when I’m not driving through my neck of the woods; witnessing trees being taken down for one reason or another.
My husband tells a story of growing up on the coastal city of Astoria Oregon, and driving past his first clear cut. With grief in his eyes, he says he has never been the same since.
“If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love you very much.” - Mary Oliver
What do trees bring to our lives?
They are a habitat for birds. They provide building materials. They give us energy in the form of firewood. We benefit from their shade. Frost, wind, radiation filtering, nitrogen and carbon dioxide filtering and protection. They give food to bugs, bees, birds, animals and humans. They beautify the landscape and provide medicine, rubber, fruits, nuts & molasses (to name a few.) They provide shelter for many species, as well as drawing down rain from the clouds above. They absorb sound (reducing noise by 50%.) They help conserve energy (less AC is needed,) and they shield UV rays from the sun. (There are many more…)
Lately, walking through the woods I’ve stopped to honor and hug the trees along the trail. I’m finding research that the peace and calm I feel when doing this has a scientific basis to it. (More to come …)
“We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, un-surveyed and unfathomed by us. We can never have enough of nature.” -Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods