“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” Mahatma Ghandhi
“To be poor and be without trees, is to be the most starved human being in the world. To be poor and have trees, is to be completely rich in ways that money can never buy.” Clarissa Pinkola Estès
Vrksasana: Tree with Hearts Pose
Each asana expresses itself individually, no two bodies are the same just as no two trees are the same. In doing Vrksasana, we experience balance , reaching up and down as well as the expansion in stillness. Each time we do it our experience is different. Focus is important for balance. We tend to grab onto things with our eyes rather than letting the image be recieved. Concentrate for today on looking at the space between your shoulder blades, the space behind the heart center. Rather then looking forward, eyes open, focus on what is unseen.
An oak tree doesn’t try to be an elm. An apple tree doesn’t lament that it can’t bear peaches . It doesn’t try to be anything other than what it is and what it is, is unique and glorious. Trees are generous providing shade without asking are you a pauper or rich and giving fruit asking nothing in exchange except perhaps to be respected , appreciated and given space to grow. Little by little we cut our brothers and sister trees down or enclose them in concrete complaining when their roots push through our carefully leveled paths. If they get too pushy, they too have to go. Their fruits we claim as ours and rather than sharing freely we create a market place. But if we have no more trees, we will have no more air to breathe. We know better and yet we do it anyway. Then what will happen to our marketplace economies and all the carefully constructed edifices? They will crumble in time. Will there be any trees left to see?
The life force is indomitable. It’s will to grow may be distorted or even for a period of time restrained but in the natural order of things all dictators will fall and new trees will grow. So, reflecting once more on the tree, grounded and reaching to the heavens. What is the life force, the will to reach up and down and spread it’s branches, flowering or not to preen with a little bit , just the right amount of, look at me ? Shakti? And the inverted tree with it’s roots in heaven as mentioned in the Ghagavad Bita, “The banyan tree with it’s roots above, and its branches below is imperishable.”