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And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” ~ John Muir

Are you a tree hugger? No, I don’t mean the environmental activist, back-to-nature hippy type.  But that’s okay if you are one. We need more of us anyway.

I’m talking about people like me who just love to hug trees.  I love the vibration they exude. And I especially love to get up real close and listen to them.  Trust me, there is an abundance of wisdom in the forest.

So what does tree hugging have to do with this month’s Being Joy habit of Be in Spirit?

In last week’s Joy Journals blog, I wrote about different ways to clear your body and environment to help you hear the messages from your spirit. Now it’s time to learn how to connect more deeply to your inner self and sharpen your intuitive abilities.

For me, nothing can elevate my spirit quite as much as the smell of the forest.  And I am so blessed to live on Vancouver Island where I am surrounded by the exquisite aroma of cedar, fir, and spruce trees, just to name a few that I have been privileged enough to hug.

Here’s a recent picture of me hugging a wise tree in the little park behind my home.  Yup, I’m living my joy!

Gloria hugging a tree with a smile on her face

Something else I love when wandering through or near the forest, is the sound of the wind rustling the leaves and branches.  In Denise Linn’s guidebook for her Native Spirit Oracle Cards, she talks about receiving messages through the Air Spirit.

Denise explains that many indigenous people believe that the winds carry information from the sacred realms.  And that when you’re outdoors, you should stop and take a moment to notice the feel of the wind on your skin. To me, that is Spirit trying to get my attention.  And when I take time to listen with my ears and my heart, I am “in spirit”.  That’s when my intuition is heightened, and my clarity of purpose is strengthened.

In the November 13, Joy Journals blog, I wrote extensively about the practice of forest bathing and other tools to help you slow your roll, tune in and deepen your connection to your intuitive self.

Here’s a picture I took from a greeting card published by Amber Lotus Publishing that I recently gave to my friend Donna who also believes in the wisdom of the forest and all that Mother Earth provides.  I love the way each part of the tree’s gift is described so beautifully on this card.

intricate celtic lace design

“Threefold wisdom of the tree:

Leaf-wisdom of change, ever releasing,

Branch-wisdom of growth, ever reaching,

Root-wisdom of endurance, ever deepening”

I hope you will make time each day to engage with the outdoors, whether it is in the forest, park, beach, or just standing in your own yard or balcony. And until next time, keep your frequency high, your mind open, and your joy ever expanding!

Love from your Joy Mama,

Gloria Stewart signature

P.S.   If you enjoyed this post, you may also like these:

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