Excerpt from BOOK | RISE AND SHINE YOUR LIGHT
Pacha Mamma is the sacred, fertile and the source that feeds and cares for all living beings. She is in permanent balance, harmony and communication with the cosmos. She is comprised of all ecosystems and living beings and their self-organization.
There is a biological superhighway linking the plant kingdom. Hidden beneath the surface and entangled in the roots of Pacha Mamma’s diverse plant life, there exists a biological superhighway linking together the members of the plant kingdom in what researchers call the “wood wide web”. This organic network operates much like our internet allowing plants to communicate.
Nature is truly beautiful and serves so many purposes. Trees are the homes to a variety of animals, they are the Pacha Mamma’s lungs and so much more. I cannot even begin to express how important our relationship to nature is, and how far we’ve strayed from our connection to it and why that’s detrimental. We are supposed to live in harmony with nature, not against it.
In Japan, Shinrin-Yoku or “Forest-bathing” is viewed as good medicine. Time spent in nature has deep historical and cultural roots throughout the world. The eddies and swirls of seasonal winds, the fractual branching of trees, the murmur of streams and the Fibonacci structure of flower petals all provide conscious and unconscious cure that settle the addled mind. Shinrin-Yoku’s forest therapy is the act of mindfully soaking up a forest’s sensory stimuli to reduce stress, anxiety and blood pressure. For as little as 15 minutes in the forest is enough to noticeably ease anxiety and raise energy. Breathing in phytoncides compounds naturally released by trees may ramp up your immune system’s disease-fighting natural killer cells for more than a month.
Trees give us oxygen through photosynthesis and turn carbon dioxide into the oxygen. In other words, trees take in the carbon dioxide that we breathe out and give us fresh oxygen. Trees also take in our excessive yang energy and balance out yin energy allowing us to be more grounded and at peace.
A tree receives nourishment as it enters from the earth through the roots, flowing through the trunk and branches. It is like Pacha Mamma’s energy flows through trees, nature and through us. Trees do want to connect with us with their unique energy and communicate it in more abstract ways instead of the “conversational” way we are used to as humans.
One of my favorite ways to ground and connect myself to Pacha Mamma’s energy is Shinrin-Yoku and trees. I cannot get enough of it. Trees are always in meditation and spending time with them is very beneficial. When we quiet our minds and place our intent to connect with them, trees can help us with many ailments and unbalanced energy. As you allow yourself to step into the circle of the tree’s aura one can feel the tree’s energy. I do it by firmly planting my feet infront of a tree and place my hands on the trunk and within moments of meditation, I can feel Pacha Mamma’s core of powerful energy there and her running up that brilliant current energy through the tree into my hands and throughout my whole being. It is an incredible energy of pure love and I am left with the feeling of happiness and lightness throughout my day.
By feeling this larger sense of time and my developing a relationship with the natural world and Pacha Mamma, I carry this awareness with me as it has become a part of who I am.
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