Connecting with Redwoods

I recently spent two days hiking through old-growth Coast Redwoods, Sequoia sempervirens, the tallest trees on Earth. I gratefully inhaled their fresh exhales as I gazed up their massive trunks to the forest’s soaring canopy. Walking among these incredible trees, I asked if they would like to share any of their wisdom and I opened my heart to listen. Here is the lesson I received, photographs of the forest, and a way that you, too, can connect with their wisdom and energy.

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Respecting Essential Oils

Approximately 5% of plant species produce volatile (aromatic) organic compounds to protect themselves from predators, to attract pollinators, and for plant-to-plant communication. By physically extracting these compounds, we collect essential oils that we can use for our own protection and support in health and wellness. It takes a considerable amount of plant material to create a small bottle of essential oil. It is important to honor and respect the plant and its intelligence with every drop to ensure its availability for generations to come.

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Loving Yourself

Accepting and loving yourself helps you enjoy life and supports your well-being. When a loved one comes to you for help, you most likely do all you can to offer them compassion, kindness, and support. But what do you offer yourself when you’re the one going through a difficult time? Do you give yourself a smile in the mirror and remind yourself that you are strong and smart and will find a way to make it through? Or do you see a collection of imperfections to pick apart? But what does perfection mean?

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The Path of Spring

With its longer days, scented breezes, and enthusiastic birdsong, Spring brings a sense of renewed hope, expansion, and transformation. As bare and muted tree branches sprout fresh green leaves and colorful blossoms, I feel a sense of opening within myself. How do you feel when you notice the natural wonders around you? Do you get swept up in the stories that Nature tells? 

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How Spending Time In Forests Benefits Your Health

In the 1980s, shinrin-yoku, meaning "forest bathing" or "taking in the forest atmosphere," was developed in Japan and has become an important part of Japanese preventive healthcare and healing. Scientific research has established its many health benefits and shinrin-yoku is spreading across the world. Excursions to forests reduce feelings of stress, improve mood and vibrancy, balance the nervous system, calm the stress response, and support immune system health.

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