Friday, May 21, 2010

A Time To Nourish My Spirit

 The talking oak
To the ancient spoke.
But any tree
Will talk to me.
                                                -  Mary Carolyn Davies

 I was surrounded by trees most of last weekend. Cycling through forest tracks strewn with pine cones. The scent of needles perfumed the spring air.  Like a magpie and the many forest wood ants I was attracted to the glittering sap resembling summer rain drops or icicles.

Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields it's own abundance
The energy and birth of spring
The growth and contentment of summer
The wisdom to let go of leaves in the fall
The rest and quiet renewal of winter

-Ilan Shamir, Advice from a tree

A place to collect thoughts and re-charge...

Some nourishment for my spirit.

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanates from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit -   Robert Louis Stevenson

Here is the most  beautiful song to share with you, which I think almost has the same effect as the forest does...



  1. Haunting song....! A lovely journey in the forest...

  2. I love woods..I always send out silent greetings to the old ones as I walk by :)

    Beautiful song too!!

  3. I'm enchanted, deeply enchanted. Wouldn't it be nice to walk barefooted among those trees? *sigh*

    Thank you for sharing this, Karen! :)

  4. We two have just spent the most wonderful inspiring morning walking through the bluebell woods at Speke Hall. My soul is restored!

  5. I,too,love trees and always find tranquility when I walk in the woods. I love the 'Advice from a tree' - there is a great deal of wisdom in those words.

  6. Enchantment is what I love most and this post and your blog, are extraordinarily enchanting!

  7. Beautiful photos from a beautiful forest. I also love the smels of pine.

  8. It looks like you had a wonderful time in the woods~

  9. Thank you for sharing such beauty today. Such a beautiful song, as well. I would so much love to wander in those woods. I think I really need a nice refreshing walk this weekend. Just to clear my thoughts. Sounds like a plan. Enjoy your weekend! :) Theresa

  10. The older I get, the more in love with forests I become... In my youth, I only craved wide open spaces like the sea and deserts. Now when I seek solace, I take walks into the deep woods - often with dawg who enjoys every smell and bounds down the path with her canine exuberance.

    Good to be fed with what we need! Lovely photos.

  11. Wow! So enchanting, Karen. Indeed, nourishment for the spirit. Thanks for sharing. Bright wishes. xx

  12. A post in honour of one of my favourite things! I love the poem too. I might borrow it to send to a friend! :)x

  13. Wow this would definitely renew the spirit! I could just imagine myself sitting there.

  14. I couldn't resist the log - a little bridge for something...

  15. There is no better place to refresh the spirit than beneath a canopy of green.

  16. What a wonderful post. Beautiful images, Karen. Yes a good place to nourish your spirit.

    And how funny, I just read a post over on The Magpies Fancy about Josh Ritter! Love when that happens. Think someone is trying to tell me something!


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