Wise words, as usual! I particularly agree about the poison ivy acting as a protector. When we first arrived at this recently clear cut property, poison ivy edged all the perimeters like a sentinel. It was only through my working with the spirits of the land and committing to protecting the land in other ways that the poison ivy backed off to an occasional hello near ailing trees. Poison oak made an appearance only when we experienced a boundary violation here, and poison ivy still guards one gate I don’t like people walking through. The discussion of “vines” in our own lives is so right on!
Nature is abundant with stories and metaphors that allow us to reflect upon our own lives and draw deep meaning, as I’ve written about many times on this blog. It is in these simple lessons that we find the most profound truths–ways of re-seeing our own lives, stories that allow us to spiritually grow, and methods of better living and interacting with our lands. I believe that everything we need to understand to heal ourselves, our lands, and our communities can be found within nature–if only we listen. Today, I’d like to share two stories about vines and the spiritual teachings that they provide.
In the weeks following my move to Western PA this summer, I made it a point to visit as many wild places as possible. The closest one was a park to the north, visible from my window of my rented house in town, that’s…
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