Welcome to my guest author and Connection Messenger*, Paula Chaffee Scardamalia, Creativity Coach and Dream & Tarot Intuitive. Our connection with nature is an important part of our physical and spiritual health, and I loved the way Paula captured that in this post. Enjoy, and please let us know in the comments below if you’ve ever felt a special connection with a tree. My favorite childhood tree was a mimosa tree in our yard in the Virginia Piedmont region, with spreading, forking branches that created wonderful places to climb and sit and hide. Wherever you live right now, find a nearby tree and get to know it this year: touch it, put your arms around it, examine it, watch it change with the seasons, learn about its history, and give it a little love. You might be surprised how much love you’ll feel in return.
Every time I meet a tree, if I am truly awake, I stand in awe before it. I listen to its voice, a silent sermon moving me to the depths, touching my heart and stirring up within my soul a yearning to give my all.
~ Macrina Wiederkehr, author
Years ago, when I was writing the first draft of my book Weaving a Woman’s Life: Spiritual Lessons from the Loom, I went on retreat in the Poconos. Because it was after ski season and before the busy summer season, I had the place almost to myself.
In the afternoon, after hours of writing and thinking, I’d take a walk along the curving main drive to visit with some special friends.
Tall, healthy, old, silver, smooth-barked beech trees.
These trees were impressive in their age and their size. Hugging them, my arms encompassed just over half of the circumference of the trees. I spent time stroking their smooth bark, listening to their silence and their whispers, imagining the depth and reach of their roots, wondering at all the events they had witnessed over the many years of their growth. They grounded and refreshed me.
Trees are an ancient symbol and element of this holiday season, whether it is a lovely Yule log or the traditional Christmas tree, covered in lights and ornaments. But sometimes we forget to really appreciate the tree itself.
Trees are such a gift.
Especially for writers. For centuries, trees have gifted us with ream upon ream of paper, box upon box of pencils, and board upon board of wood for desks and tables, the tools of our craft.
Trees are our Magic and our Muses.
Whatever and wherever your favorite tree is, give it a little love.
Paula Chaffee Scardamalia
Divining the Muse
Paula Chaffee Scardamalia, dream consultant for PEOPLE Country Magazine, is a book coach, and dream and tarot intuitive. Since 1999, Paula’s taught writers how to use intuitive tools like dreams and tarot to write stories from the deepest part of their imaginations. She’s taught at small private workshops on the East Coast, and at both national and regional Romance Writers of America conferences and meetings, at the 2014 San Diego University Writers Conference and the International Women’s Writing Guild. She leads intimate writing and dream retreats. Paula publishes a weekly e-newsletter on writing, dreams, tarot, and is the award-winning author of Weaving a Woman’s Life: Spiritual Lessons from the Loom.
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NOTE: If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy one I wrote about the beautiful, old catalpa tree in my Shenandoah Valley yard: “Meet My Nature Neighbor: The Catalpa Tree.”