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Healing through my words:

Life doesn't give you the people you want,
it gives you the people you need:
to love you, to hate you, to make you, to break you, & to make you the person you were meant to be. -unknown

Love can and will come to those who still believe in it. Hope is the key. Even when faced with disappointment love will still find a way. Even after betrayal love will still knock on your door. Love will come to those who have been hurt before. I will never give up on love. I will even love those who no longer love me. Love is all there is and all there ever will be. -me

I believe I have been given an opportunity to share my successes and my struggles, my up's and my down's, the good and the bad with those who find their way to my blog. I feel I have been given a gift to write. I feel in my heart part of my gift to the world comes through my words. My greatest joy comes through expressing myself here. I write for myself but I feel compelled to share it with you too. I believe in love, compassion, and understanding which I share here.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Tree

We are all one. We are all connected. We are all part of the all that there is and when we take that to heart our lives will unfold in the most beautiful ways.

Just as a mother feels so connected to her child, as I continue to evolve I realize I am feeling more and more connected to each and every one of you.

When I walk down the street and see “strangers” I realize they are each individuals, just another expression of God. Another way for God to experience life on Earth.

Is it no wonder why we all look so different, experience such different highs and lows? But when we step back we realize we all go through struggles, we all go through really good times. What one may experience as an extremely tough time with no possible solution, another will embrace the challenge, come out on top and evolve that much further on this journey we call life.
We are all one. There are examples everywhere of this amazing unity that we all share with one another.

As I was walking this morning, I was doing my best to live in the moment. For this moment I have the power to decide how I am going to feel. I took my time, I smelt the air, I listened to the birds waking up, and I felt a little bit of warmth on my face as the sun came out. Moments like this are truly beautiful, I am focused on the right now, and I feel good. I feel alive. I feel connected.

Continuing to observe nature as I walked I realized the perfect example of unity was right there in front of me.
A massive tree stood in my path and I could not help but be taken back by its obvious beauty. This Oak tree with its tall, branches extended in every direction, beautiful leaves hanging, some already ventured to the ground. The roots of this tree were enormous and firmly planted in the ground, stretching out in all directions as if forming a layer of protection to ensure that life will go on for this tree.

What greater sign do I need that we are all connected than the perfect example that this tree offered? So many of us just walk through our days, just doing what we feel we should. We go to our jobs, we go to school, we take care of our families and before you know it we are 40, or 50 or older. We have let so many moments in our lives pass us by that offer us chances to get closer to the source of life.

Appreciating the beauty of this tree brought me closer to my source and I could feel the energy and love flowing through me as I thought of all the things this tree has been through and all that it represents.

This tree once started out as a seed, just as you and I started out as an embryo. But someone had to plant that tree in order for it to start its wonderful life. We did not become until the perfect time when two people came together to create life. And the lives of those people with enough faith can be traced all the way back to when life began. As the roots of this tree spread everywhere, it makes me think of all the different people all over the world and how at one point there were only two.
As the roots of this tree spread over many years to become strong, I think of the first humans venturing out and reproducing until eventually they touched all corners of the globes.

Notice the trunk of the tree sturdy, strong, and unaffected by outside circumstances. It does not matter if someone even tries to cut down this tree, it will stay true to itself and just try to grow. The tree does not get caught up in the past where people may have mistreated, or ignored it. The tree simply continues to find a way to survive.

Humans can learn a lot from this example. We need not hold onto the past if it leaves a bad taste in our mouths. We can take those experiences, learn the lessoned they offered and move on.

Have you ever noticed how an Oak tree peels away layers only to reveal a stronger layer of skin underneath? We are the same way, we can peel away old emotions, and we can start anew anytime we choose.

I stood there and removed some of the peeling bark and thought as I dropped the bark to the ground, it really is this easy to let go and focus on moving forward. It really is this easy to feel good.

Work your way up the tree; notice how the tree branches off in several directions. Is this not the perfect representation of all of the choices in life that we have. Whether the branch went straight up to the sky, or went left and hangs only a few inches off the ground, is it not beautiful that it is still connected to that source which gave it life.

When I finally got all the way up the leaves were the most beautiful part. They are like individual identities that even though very much separated are still connected. Just as we humans who embrace our diversity, we can also hold onto the love. The knowing that we all came and are a part of the same source. We are not separate but rather an extension of our source.

As some of the leaves fall to the ground, and eventually break down to return to the earth, I can’t help but think of the circle of life.

We never truly die, we move on to return to that source which gave us this most beautiful life in the first place.

That tree is beautiful, you are beautiful, and we are all one!