I want to be a tree when I die.
Studies show that people who spend a lot of time out in nature are healthier. There are long and short term benefits and a bounty of evidence to prove it. It seems odd to me that we need to substantiate something that is so instinctive.
My husband and I hike the dogs almost every day and on the weekends we bring our son along. He can handle a four mile trek easily. We view it as an obligation to ourselves, our family and our dogs. To be honest, it keeps my dogs from destroying the house, but those other benefits are good too.
Yoga often uses the symbolism of trees. We root our feet and feel our connection to earth, and require our bodies to be equally strong as they are flexible.
Trees have always been associated with spirituality and symbolize many things.
Apple trees represent magic, youth, beauty and joy. The Apple is connected with immortality.
Ash Trees exemplify sacrifice, sensitivity and higher awareness.
Aspen Trees denote determination and overcoming fear. They show our connectedness.
Bonsai Trees stand for harmony, peace and balance.
Birch Trees mean new beginnings and letting go of the past and are worshiped for vision quests.
Elm Trees stand for strong will and intuition.
Maple Trees are the symbol of balance and practicality
Oak Trees shows strength and courage.
Pine Trees means creative, longevity and immortality.
Willow Trees are the symbol of magic, healing inner vision and dreams.
So, for day eight, lets pay tribute to trees. I collect all my catalogs starting from day one. I leave them in a pile next to my desk and on Day 24, I call and cancel all of them!
Magazines and catalogs are made with a clay coating. This is what makes up much of the weight of the paper. One ton of coated magazine paper uses about 15 trees.
I don’t need more advertising in my life. We are bombarded with commercials that tell us we are not good enough until we own…whatever it is they are pushing.
Fashion is perceived obsolescence and if we are more aware of how we are manipulated, we might think twice before spending on things we don’t really need. I wrote in American Mom:
“We don’t care where or how things are made and disposed of. We only look to our immediate gratification and this lack of awareness has created a cheap, disposable society.”
Start your catalogue pile today and when you call to cancel be sure to tell them you want off of all their lists. Lots of them send out four or five different companies.
I found this wonderful company called BIOURN. They make a biodegradable urn, that if filled with a person or pets ashes that grows into a tree.
“Death becomes a transformation and return to life by means of a tree.”
I love this idea! My only problem is deciding which tree I will be!
Will you let go and discover things about yourself? If you blog, be sure to let me know so that I can share your experience and add you to our list of 24-ers.
Get tossing and get clear, my friends!
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