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Episode One Hundred Fifteen, The Body A Tree

The wind in the trees has always been a strong image for me. More than an image but a symbol, actually. I find great comfort in watching the wind play through the treetops as they speak their divine language that I do not understand but for remembering and sensing. I live in the Pacific Northwest where these breezy conversations are perpetual. I was born to the redwoods where the trees are older than most of our deities and more sober than any seasonal deciduous timber. The redwoods are clearly royalty and some of the most grand of teachers amongst earthly flora. I consider their influence in my youth to be treasured.

As an embodied human the wind in my tree of existence is music. Listening to music is probably the closest I will ever get to the rapture these earthly tree beings receive daily with their wind and their rainy, pulsating conversations and connections. Weather is, often, a consequence of our human energetic interactions with the planet. Perhaps our choices in this life are the pearls that Hafiz speaks about here. Our lives are the energetic result of an agitating grain of sand that the world keeps pressing upon to transform and interact with. We are something who found our way here and embedded ourselves into the soft tissue of this earth where we now coexist in perpetual confusion and grinding our way into becoming....becoming valuable gems.

Thank you for listening.

Music: This song Shaking The Tree by Peter Gabriel is about empowering women and the reference to the tree here reminds me that, while the earth and our bodies are comprised of both feminine and masculine energies, it is the feminine that is being suppressed. It is the earth that we often refer to as a female energetic for her bountiful benevolence and unconditional love. Yet her wild nature, being beyond our control seems a danger to what our will deems as necessary to live well. This is untrue, of course, and this song heralds the announcement that we are moving beyond that. We are shaking the tree and releasing the feminine.

Changing your ways

Changing those surrounding you

Changing your ways

More than any man can do

Open your heart

Show him the anger and pain, so you heal

Maybe he's looking for his womanly side

Let him feel

The original post in this series of poems by Hafiz (including an addendum regarding the authenticity of these poems) can be found here. Also, a year in, my thoughts on this series HERE.

The Gift: Poems by Hafiz and translated by Daniel Ladinsky can be purchased here.


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