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This piece of news excited me enough to share it with you. Please continue to read because I share a lovely childhood memory that I had not thought about since I was a child.
I recently received an email from the *HeartMath Institute with information about new tree research they are doing. Their scientists are examining the ways in which all living things are interconnected, such as people and trees. They are accomplishing this by researching biofield interactions and the exchange of information between our personal and global magnetic field environments.
New research is suggesting that Earth’s magnetic fields carry biologically relevant information that connects all living systems and helps to synchronize, energize and support the interconnection of all these systems. In the past couple of years, HeartMath scientists have become especially interested in the role trees play in this discovery.
When we are in the presence of trees, most of us experience pleasant, relaxed, comfortable feelings. We often have an emotional connection with trees. How many of your childhood memories include the trees in your backyard or your old neighborhood? The value of a special tree is immeasurable.
Think about walking in the woods and discovering a grove of tall white pine or snow-covered hemlock trees or maybe there is a row of humongous live oak trees on the residential street of a friend you recently visited or a delicate and widespread weeping willow you spotted while driving. What feelings arise because of the connections you made to these special trees?
I recall vividly a tree in my childhood neighborhood. This is a tree I have not thought about for years. My next door neighbor, The Foles, had an 8-10 feet tall crabapple tree that I used to hang out in and climb with their son, my friend Jimmy. We must have been about 6 or 7 years old. That tree and our imaginations led us into all sorts of playtime and many enjoyable afternoons.
I especially remember the sturdiness of this tree. The low V-shape of its two main branches served as a platform for our feet to rest upon and surrounding branches lured us higher but not too high. Sometimes the tree was our pirate ship, spaceship, clubhouse and other times it was simply a safe and secure resting place. When I looked closely I compared the variety of bumps, discoloring, and roughness of its limbs to my limbs. I knew how I got my wounds. I was curious about the tree’s wounds. Some days I would look out of my living room window at the neighbor’s crabapple tree and stare at it. Somewhere deep inside of me, I felt this tree would be fine for years to come.
When I think back and connect to those memories, a wave of warm peacefulness moves gently through my body. This experience is similar to what HeartMath speaks about - pleasant, relaxed and comfortable feelings.
With the planet becoming further consumed by environmental concerns and technology taking us further away from connecting to our basic humanity, there is good news in knowing that HeartMath science is only scratching the surface of the many benefits to come from the next level of conscious awareness of our interconnectivity with others, nature, animals, and trees.
The childhood memory I shared in this blog was triggered simply by reading HeartMath’s research project. Profound to me, this memory has been recoded (for another blog topic) in my brain and has much more meaning for me today. It has become a springboard to deepening my receptivity, curiosity, and connectedness to the trees around me near and far. Their connection to my humanity and to our world is significant and becomes one big connection. From that understanding, many possibilities for positive change both for self and the world are possible.
I sincerely hope this blog post will bring to your mind, body, and/or spirit special connections you may have to a tree near or far. You may even choose to hug a tree today.
* The HeartMath Institute consists of a group of passionate and dedicated people, steadfast in their commitment to providing solutions for activating the heart of humanity. HeartMath Institute empowers individuals, families, groups, and organizations to enhance their life experiences using tools that enable them to better recognize and access their intuitive insight and heart intelligence. I am a local HearthMath practitioner and here is a link to my webpage. http://sherryrhynard.com/services/#/heartmath/