This morning I went for a walk at 6.30 along Spring Street Preston.
Spring Street is a very busy street- a sea of traffic swishes by and when I am lying in bed at night, I imagine it is the ocean, soothing me to sleep.
So here I’m walking along and I see a hulk of a man standing on the nature strip in his underpants and a jersey, what looked like pyjamas and his back hunched over, hugging a tree. I thought is he meditating, here on such a busy street?
And it was only yesterday that I had read an article about a new movement of the tree sisters, a website where one can donate to this movement that seeks to plant more trees and invigorate the feminine energy, the energy of positivity and creativity. And I thought, this guy is tapping into that energy, by hugging this tree, even though it seemed like the most unlikely place to meditate. People with intention find a way.
As I continued on my walk, I recalled my son at primary school telling me that one day, he needed a hug so badly, that when he asked his friends and they were not able to help him, that the next best thing was to hug a tree. Which is what he did.
Our need to connect with the energy source around us is profound.
Last week I was holding my brand new baby niece so my sister could eat her dinner.
The chatter of dinner was a gentle banter, that became louder with the cry of the baby. I was having a cuddle, and she continued to cry, as babies do. I walked around the room slowly and rocked her like a rock a bye baby, and I patted her back, and ‘shooshed’ in her ear, and changed arms and held her tight all to no avail, until all of a sudden- there was silence. The chatter stopped, and everyone looked across to see what had happened.
A replete, silent, sleeping baby;
I looked down- and saw that our hearts had connected and the rhythm had soothed her to sleep.
I lay down with her and enjoyed the lull of the beat- connecting to the primal instinct- to that which is innate, intuition that comes from not doing anything, but simply being – that our true human nature effortlessly unfolds.
In that moment, all that was needed – simply existed.
How one small living being can change the world with a heart-beat.