Wisdom of the Trees

Nature's Cathedral by Laurie Buchanan

Nature's Cathedral by Laurie Buchanan

Without a doubt, trees are my favorite things. As so eloquently spoken by The Trees of Endor in J.R.R. Tolkien’s book, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, “Trees purify the air; they also purify the mind . . . if you want to save your world, you must save the trees.”

Hidden under the rich soil is an enormous underpinning of roots; an intricate system that extends two to three times the radius of the crown. Deep roots anchor the tree; enabling it to dance without falter; to sway in unison with other trees in the unpredictable wind. When we look to trees—learn from and emulate them—we discover the ancient key to tranquility. We’re reminded that we, too, have deep roots and are meant to branch out into the world. And while life seems to move faster and faster each day, when we stand still like trees, remaining rooted to what sustains us; we remember to take pleasure in nature and hold dear all who live here. Trees are my personal reminder that deep roots allow me to bend in a storm—to be flexible—while still reaching for the sky.

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
               ~ Laurie Buchanan

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12 thoughts on “Wisdom of the Trees

  1. Laurie,

    Yes one of my favorite sections of “Lord of the Rings: Two Towers”, and one of the most memorable to me as well.
    There is an exercise in one of StarHawks books to walk consciously in the woods is to plant your feet firmly on the ground feeling the rootedness, breathing into that before venturing in the nature and natures gift…

  2. I needed this today! It is kind of gloomy outside, however I just look up at my picture of an Oak Tree and I am solidly grounded.
    I too have developed a great fondness for trees, based on your wonderful depictions of how they leave us grounded, breathe, sway in the wind, as well as talk to us.

  3. A perfect post for me today Laurie… just right. I have deep root and large flowing branches to catch the light as I sway in the breeze of forever-with-us change. Thanks you:) Terrill

  4. Trees are such lovely creatures. Love what you said about the balance trees teach us. To be flexible yet strongly rooted. Blessings to you, Laurie!

  5. stopped by, read, smiled, enjoyed, loved it. 🙂

    thanks for sharing your beautiful connection to the divine.


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