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Kettle Pond Sanctuary, Charlestown RI.

Maybe it is because I am a Taurus earth sign with a Cancer rising water sign that the woods and the sea have always been magical places for me . When the world of civilization and complexities of daily life as a child and as an adult became and become overwhelming, these two places in nature have always been sanctuary for sorting out and regaining equilibrium.

As a child growing up in an inner city in New York state, concrete buildings and sidewalks did not allow much greenery except for the parks which we frequented on Sundays or holidays, and the wild weed plant life along the edges of parking lots or between apartment buildings. Later, moving upstate to more rural countryside, the GREEN of farmlands and un-fussed over lawns was everywhere,  and for a city kid…this was pure heaven. I remember the day we moved into our first home  (instead of an apartment) in our new town. My brother age 8, and I, age 11 rolled and frolicked with delight in the soft lush grass in our first REAL backyard. We could hardly believe that we had our very own expanse of GREEN!

Upstate, there were also many areas all around us that were semi-wooded..trees, ferns, ponds, bushes, little streams of running water with frogs in them even! On the property of a small estate bordering our  middle class neighborhood, I discovered a discreet earthen  path that led into a deeply wooded area with a rushing babbling brook winding its way through the hidden grove of standing and fallen trees and plant life. In this grove was a little naturally cleared circle in which one could comfortable sit, unseen by civilization. Often I would disappear into those woods for comfort, centering and a state of what I can only call childhood prayer. I think of those days with longing, and with the memory that those were  the days when a child could safely disappear into the woods without fear of being kidnapped or harmed, and also the days when children could DO something like that or WANT TO do something like that instead of learning about the world by googling the word “nature” or playing virtual games with pictures of the woods on a computer. My grandchildren do not have the opportunity these days to  safely disappear and “get lost” in those hidden places free from adult supervision, commercialism and “virtual reality”.

I still seek out these hidden woods and forests for centering, balance, perspective, inner  peace, prayer and INTERFACE with the magical energies and spirits of the natural wildness. Mostly at nature preserves with trails…and always with a camera. There is so much going on in these places…shapes, colors, textures, qualities of light and shadow, the ongoing dramatic interplay of life and death..things growing, things breaking down in an exquisite economy in which nothing is wasted.

These places, for me, are where I go when I need to just leave the madness of the world’s confusion, contradiction and insanity… to withdraw mentally and physically,  and metaphorically  “get lost” in the holy and magical sanctuary of the woods, which in itself is a beautiful and sacred text of wisdom,  if one knows how to read it!

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From Christine, The Greening Spirit

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