The Grounding Effect of Trees for Wellbeing
The decision to create ‘The Sacred Lives of Trees’ painting collection was a very deliberate attempt to give voice and expression to the fact that tree’s provide us with an energetic or spiritual nurture. A walk in the forest doesn’t just stretch our muscles or give us an excuse to be in fresh air. If we are open to it, we may also get that wonderful sense of connection to the earth which trees are strongly rooted to. Many people refer to this as the grounding effect of trees.
You might need to ground yourself if you have been affected by the following:
- experience of a crisis or shock
- when your immune system has been badly affected by illness
- experiencing a period of low energy or dizzy spells
- you are feeling depressed, grieving or broken-hearted
This is list is based on personal experience and may not be exclusive.
There are lots of circumstances in life that can leave us feeling disconnected from ourselves but trees provide us with a way of restoring that connection. Connecting with Nature helps to restore connection with self.
Trees are an important contributor to our experience of well-being and this factor is much deeper than some may realise.
More and more people are recognising the grounding effects of trees as a very real benefit for well-being. Tree analogies are even used in meditation for this very reason. We can imagine ourselves having roots just like trees, anchoring ourselves strongly to the earth. By influencing our thoughts and feelings in this way, we can change our body’s chemistry over time and raise our energy to allow sensations of being anchored and centred. By developing this practice we can become more clear in our thinking and more able to deal with the surprise ‘hits’ life throws in our path.
More and more people are recognising the grounding effect of trees as a very real benefit for well-being.
The response I got from launching ‘The Sacred Lives of Trees’ tour was tremendous. My on-line community sensed the importance of my quiet message about the trees. The colours were vivid, some referred to my tree’s as ‘Winter Trees’ or ‘Naked Trees’ and one little boy even announced that I had a ‘Scary Tree’. My tree’s indeed tended to have no leaves but they still exuded life and abundance of energy.
From the comments I received during my art exhibition it was clear that the message resonated with many people. I was over-joyed to read the messages that people expressed about their feelings and gratitude for trees and the comfort that they had received as a result of their presence.
I deliberately used words in the title of my paintings to convey the conversations that I would like to hear (more openly) about trees. My intentions were immediately recognised. I am still adding to this collection and all pieces are available through my on-line shop and gallery.
I would love to hear about your relationship with trees, what do they mean for you? Have tree’s been a source of healing and grounding in your life too? Leave your comment in the comments section below or consider sharing this article with a friend so we can keep the conversation about trees alive.
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