Some of my best friends are in the forest. The other day I went to visit a group of my boreal buddies, which I occasionally do, more with spontaneity than concrete planning. At this time of year, the mountain snowmelts gorges down through this site, transforming the dawdling creek into a raucous river. I was not able to hear much else wherein even the low-flying helicopters were just twirling images.
Heart-warming turned to heart-breaking when upon climbing to the top of a plateau, I encountered charred rocks and debris, and wood. Carnage...everywhere. Some of my friends had perished. The one I cherished- the smaller but sturdy branched cedar had been hacked and severed for an apparent campfire, judging from the remains of the rock-formed pits.
Research and studies have shown how right-brain connection could alter humankind's presently destructive relationship with nature. Considering that the right brain seems to focus on a holistic sense of connection, it is apparent that we experience this integral feeling of solidarity with our environment, our earth, our cosmos.
Here are a few suggestions for a green(er) consciousness:
* Stop and smell the flowers
* Be outdoors doing whatever connects you to nature - whether making art, hiking, gardening, meditation/yoga/prayer, exploring, music...
* Be present
* Make friends with whatever or whoever brings you joy.
The forest is calling. Trees are awaiting.
(Re-posted from my other site dated May 25, 2013