“And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.” William Shakespeare
Yesterday we hiked through the Giant Costal Redwood Trees of Northern California and felt an overwhelming sense of serenity and connectedness with nature. These trees, reaching so high into the heavens, that have been witness to a millennia hold a magical power that results in utter relaxation for the human psyche. These are the oldest living things on Earth with a wisdom that speaks of slowing down, listening, and the interconnectedness of all things. The process of growth and decay, but always one of regeneration, is beautiful to observe in all of its stages. These magnificent trees, that are so tall and massive in scale, actually have shallow root systems and support themselves by intertwining with their neighbors. They are a community. These forests have something to teach us about ourselves.