What Happens When We Stay Among the Trees?

Episode Summary

Where do you go to be filled with light and to shine?

Episode Notes

Hello to you listening in Istanbul, Turkey!

Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday and your host, Diane Wyzga. The splendid green leaves of summer are slowly giving way to the more subtle golds and russets of fall. At higher elevations, you might find vibrant reds and purples. No matter the season or the reason I find myself most at home among the trees. Perhaps they beckon to you as well to come, stay awhile.

This from Mary Oliver:

When I am among the trees,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”

The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,

“You too have come into the world to do this,
to go easy, to be filled with light, and to shine.”

[Mary Oliver, poet]

Question: Where do you go to be filled with light and to shine?

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Diane F. Wyzga
Diane F. Wyzga
Remember the first time you rode a bike and took your hands off the handlebars? And then because it felt fun and daring you did it again - and again - riding down a hill with the wind in your face, arms up over your head screaming, “Look, ma! No hands!” You showed up. You did it. The arc of my professional career stretches from serving as a US Navy officer and nurse, corporate businesswoman, lawyer, platform storyteller, and professor before shifting into a solopreneur as a litigation consultant, wordsmith-er/editor, noted podcaster, and story consultant who was lucky enough to scuba dive the Continental Shelf, become a pilot, hike the Rocky Mountains with Outward Bound, kayak off the coast of Mexico, parachute out of a perfectly good plane, walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, and so much more. Over my lifetime I've been letting go of the handlebars but - just as often - having my fingers pried off when I’ve been most afraid. At some of the darkest moments in my life where the true way was wholly lost to me, a person or opportunity beckoned and I said "Yes!" That’s the place where the story changed. This is my life purpose: Helping women identify, sort out and transform unclear messages into confident, connection-making stories, and those stories into powerful sequels. How? 30 years of story work in courtrooms, boardrooms, universities, retreat settings and more has taught me that story principles are key to conscious connection. Together we distill hazy ideas into easily understood metaphors and direct emotional language using words with power, passion, and precision so your message, your story rings true and achieves desired outcomes. My media company has three interlocking components: Quarter Moon Story Arts: "Shaping stories into sequels." Stories From Women Who Walk (podcast): "Like magic, the sorcery of stories is this: they help each of us to be seen and heard, to understand and be understood." My Life As Compost (blog): "What matters in our life is not what happens to us but how we respond, transform the difficulty into advantage, and tell *that* story."

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  1. If I expected to live for 400 or 4000 years, I probably would follow the advice of the trees and move very slowly.
    To a fly, a human life is as long as all of recorded history is to us – 150-200 generations or so.
    Little wonder if the trees think we are buzzing around all to randomly. With the wisdom of the ages, perhaps they are on to something?

    • Your lovely comment, Charlotte, reminds me of a game I used to play with my sister when we saw an ant & wondered about the distance it had traveled in comparison to human distances: was it like a walk around the block or around the world?
      The older I become the more attuned I am to moving more slowly – not because I am slowing down as I age but to slow the passage of time. When I first met Thich Nhat Hanh & is teachings about mindful walking I thought he was full of baloney. Many retreats at Der Park Monastery showed me he knew what he was teaching.
      I’m guessing you are quite right: trees must imagine us humans to be awfully dizzying creatures.
      I have a copy of Petr Wohlleben’s book, The Illustrated Edition of The Hidden Life of Trees. Gazing at one page is enough to slow – me – down.
      Thank you for taking the time to share your insights with me / us.

  2. Hello Diane – ‘Empathetic resonance’. Walking close to Winchester there are rivers, hills, woodland blessed with do many beautiful trees.

    For inspiration I walk together with the trees. For peace, I pause and become embraced by their majesty.

    Leaves from Spring and then to Fall. Rebirth in Spring and Fall; preparing to slumber over Winter. Tree roots communicate. Trees stand but not alone. I just love trees; sunlight glistening through their leaves and in Fall, glorious tints of myriad colors.

    Trees and a panacea.

    Beauty, peace and elegance and branches held out for people to hold in friendship.

    • I like this very much, Simon: empathetic resonance.
      Like you I am drawn to the trees – for so many life giving reasons. And I find many opportunities to stand close, hold the bark against my face, thank them for all they bring to the world & offer my condolences when folks see nothing but reams of paper or rolls of TP or the opportunity to create grazing land. We have what we have while we have it – let’s you & I continue to glorify it.

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