The following article was recently published in Psychologica Magazine’s special edition on Trauma. I’ve included a link to the full magazine, lots of great articles on trauma treatments, both from a clinical perspective as well as personal. Hope you might find something that resonates.
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I stayed suspended and green
between sun and geography –
I saw how wings worked,
how perfumes are transmitted
by feathery telegraph,
and from above I saw the path,
the springs and the roof tiles,
the fishermen at their trades,
the trousers of the foam;
I saw it all from my green sky.
I had no more alphabet
than the swallows in their courses,
the tiny, shining water
of the small bird on fire
which dances out of the pollen.
by Pablo Neruda, from Fully Empowered, 1962
translated from the Spanish by Alastair Reid
is usually far removed
from the cycles and forces
of the natural world
and it can often seem empty
of any real purpose.
The ash is a key to healing the loneliness
of the human spirit
out of touch
with its origins
it can provide a sense of being grounded
and of belonging.
The ash reminded the Celts of the interlinking
of the Three Cycles of Being.
Likewise we are encouraged to consider
the role of the past in creating the present,
so that we can better appreciate
the many ways
in which positive thought and action today
can help to create a brighter tomorrow.
Through a constant process
of balancing and marrying opposites,
we, like the ash,
can achieve harmony
from The Wisdom of Trees by Jane Gifford
“When you go out into the woods
and you look at trees
you see all these different trees.
And some of them are bent,
and some of them are straight,
and some of them are evergreens,
and some of them are whatever.
And you look at the tree
and you allow it.
You see why it is the way it is.
You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light,
and so it turned that way.
And you don’t get all emotional about it.
You just allow it. You appreciate the tree.
The minute you get near humans,
you lose all that.
And you are constantly saying,
‘You’re too this, or I’m too this.’
That judging mind comes in.
And so I practice turning people into trees.
Which means appreciating them just the way they are.”
Ram Dass a.k.a. Richard Alpert (b. 1931)
American spiritual teacher and author
a children’s book…
3 young sisters
plant a small elm tree
in their backyard.
Through the years…
the three sisters begin to realize
that the elm tree,
is their home.
The sisters see…
that the elm tree
remains with them…
watching over the 3 sisters
and holding time…
a tree of life…
As the 3 sisters grow
with their tree.
a synopsis of a story by Nora Sommerdorf
“An Elm Tree and Three Sisters”