When I gave a keynote at Women in the Pet Industry network, several years ago, I talked about my childhood and mentioned my best friend, which happened to be a tree. I wonder if that wasn't a foreboding of meeting Holly Worton, an amazing woman who talks to trees. The most amazing part, however, is that they talk back.
Before you laugh or bring your skeptical thinking to the conversation, understand that I believe her. I believe trees and plants of all manner communicate with each other. Why shouldn't they then communicate with us? Holly tells us her mission is "to help people experience expansive joy in their lives through connecting with nature."
I am not big on the whole outdoors thing, as many of you know. However, I am big on nature, on giving Mother Earth proper respect, and in the belief that plants/trees can teach us something, if we but open our souls to their message.
Yes, trees do talk
In her book, If Trees Could Talk: Life Lessons from the Wisdom of the Woods, Holly shares an experience having a conversation with a tree, an ancient Yew tree, to be exact. "It wasn't enough," the tree told her, "to conserve water and other resources; humanity needed to rebuild its relationship with Nature."
She tells us, the tree said that this book (the book she would write), "would be a piece in the puzzle of what was necessary to help rekindle the deep and healthy relationship that humanity once had with Nature."
You need to watch the video to learn how the trees talk and what their 'voices' sound like. You'll be surprised.
I could quote more. I am only half-way through the book and I already have paragraph after paragraph highlighted to return to, to read again, to absorb with my entire focus. Understand that this video is about spirituality and coming together with nature and reclaiming our ancestral line - that thread of our being that is still connected to the earth.
I expect you'll find some soul searching in the book, and in this video. I hope it inspires you to take a walk, commune with nature, embrace a tree - with the openness of listening to what it might say to you.
Of Podcasts and Journeys
In her bio, Holly tells us, "The podcast is all about our journey into the woods of ourselves: getting to know who we are, where we are, and where we’re going in life so that we can create the life we want to live. It’s about deepening your connection with yourself, taking inspired action, and really trusting yourself and your intuition."
She goes on to share, "And mindset! Our beliefs are such an important part of this journey, and there are so many ways for us to change our mindset so that we can more easily live a life of expansive joy. It’s also about going literally into the woods and spending time in Nature, and how that can help us on our own personal journey of self knowledge."
The words (all of you know how passionate I am about words) "personal journey" and "self knowledge" are key beliefs here. We are on a personal journey forward, every day of our lives. We seek self knowledge on a regular basis. Perhaps this is where your journey should be going, and this podcast is where you will begin to explore your own self knowledge - the sense of soul you want to learn more about but are often too 'busy' to discover.
I urge you to take time for this wonderful conversation about trees and plants and how we humans need to get back to the days of being one with mother nature. Learn more about how you, too, can learn the secrets of talking to trees - and hearing them talk back, from this video, with Holly Worton (who is learning more and more about our lives as sentient beings who embrace the fullness of our entire world, not just pieces here and there)
But, first, enjoy the video below.