Yogini-Tree

The day was beautiful and still, with not a cloud in the sky.  3 of my 4 children were visiting.  One reading in a chair, 2 walking down the hall and I was in the kitchen where our patio door opens to our deck, where my daughter sat.  I feel peaceful when we’re all together under one roof and savor these moments.  Gone are the days of worrying what time they will be home and if they’re alright, if they were late. Keeping track of their whereabouts was always a worry which comes with the territory of parenting and is truly an illusion, since we can’t really protect them from life’s bumps and  traumas, as much as we would like to. I was enjoying this quiet moment with all of them and there is something so comforting and satisfying inside of me, when we’re all together, and I treasure this feeling of contentment that envelops me.

From the near distance we all began to hear this slow cracking sound that continued to get louder and louder and then there was a loud whooshing sound and we all stopped in our tracks, as we heard a thud.  My daughter Blair, stood quickly witnessing our Stonehenge Pine fall to the ground. This tree is about 50 ft tall with a trunk diameter of about 15 ft. and a canopy of 150 ft. My tree man tells me that it is a very sought after tree.  When I look it up, none of the trees that I see, quite look like this one.  They are fast growing and it is probably about 50 years old.  Reading more, I’m finding some Pine trees are as old as the Bronze age, living 5,000 years and others like perhaps this one, has a lifespan of 50 years.  That’s a little scary because we have about 3 more and if anyone happens to be under it when it falls, let’s just say, heaven awaits them.

Almost every week in yoga class we do Tree Pose;  the sanskrit name is Vrikshana, वृक्षासन:
Vrksa meaning tree and Asana meaning pose. The pronunciation broken down is Vrik-Shah-suh-nuh. 

We do tree pose because it helps us root into the ground and anchor us to mother earth, where we draw nourishment from the rich soil beneath us and grow our roots of connection to our ancestors, carbon from which we are made of, and the healing microbes. We reach our branches up to the sky, so we may connect to the heavens and anchor between both spheres of the universe.  Like our homes, our feet and connection with the ground is our foundation and vital  so we have a solid base for utmost balance, giving us the ability to stand firm in our truths. In this way, when the world spins around us we can come back to center,  keeping our Drishti (a focused gaze of concentration) allowing us to tune into ourselves and not lose ourselves by the noise of the outside world. 

We all fall down, that is part of life.  It is the getting back up that is important which is why I love tree pose so much.  Often, we sway in class, challenging our proprioception (where we are in space), so we can increase our ability to stand tall and not be thrown off center, no matter what is thrown at us.  The election is one of those times that comes to mind.  We can’t control the outcome and no matter what happens, or what camp we are in, we will need to keep our own sense of ourselves, so we don’t get swallowed up and allow it to consume us. We aren’t in charge and trusting that there is a governing higher power helps see us through. Love is always the way no matter what forces try to tell us otherwise.

Sometimes as much as we try to get up, we wobble and fall but keep trying to stand on one leg, and other times, we just fall to the ground and get back up and try again.

But what happens when we can’t get up, like my Pine tree?  Then what?  I have been grappling with this concept for the last 2 weeks since it happened.  What is the lesson then?  The tree has had it’s day and it is not resurrecting anytime soon, and it will take time for it to decompose and return to the earth.  Other parts will be cut and used to warm us in winter, still others to build benches with and garden chairs but it will never be as it once was. Nor will we.

What if we surrendered to the fall and held ourselves lovingly and kindly giving ourselves as much time as we needed, instead of rushing ourselves to get up? We die a little everyday and by remembering that, we can remember to live this day fully embodied in presence and awareness. It’s not always easy, tears are shed, pain is revealed, wounds burst open, but that’s ok. That’s part of life and part of letting go, so we can rebuild.  What if we allowed the earth to feed us and we left parts of ourselves as gifts to the soil and drew strength from our ancestors that came before us, that lay deep below the surface.  Could we just give ourselves permission to hibernate, heal and grow before forcing ourselves upright, giving ourselves the time we need, before we re-emerge again; stronger, healthier, brighter, with no race to the finish line?

We’re going to be ok no matter what happens, so be the reflection of the love that you are and stand on solid footing no matter where you land or how things go in life. Grow with the flow.

Keep growing your leaves to the light and together we shall be the beacons and lead the way to better days ahead.  

This is a song that Summer Jasmine Brady madeup at my Music as Medicine Training.

Our Roots Go Down, Down, Down, Deeper than the Earth

Our Leaves Go Up, Up, Up, Higher than the Sky

Our Hearts Go Out, Out, Out, Deeper than the Sea

And the Music, Never Ends.

Thanks so much for reading, liking (if you do of course), commenting and or sharing. Life is meant to be shared and I am so grateful to be sharing it with all of you!

Have a wonderful week ahead.

❤️

Cindy

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127 thoughts on “Yogini-Tree

  1. Tree pose is one of my favorites, so grounded and speaks to the shifting of balance everyday. For each day is different, some days are wobbly and others are solid as a rock. I really like the poem at the end with the video, made me smile. Yes, we all fall down at times yet it is in the getting back up that matters. Seems I too am experiencing a temporary set back as my plan to stay here in Idaho isn’t quite going to work now. So I’ll be going back to Florida for a bit to regroup. I feel something unknown is about to really shift this month gor my partner and I in our quest to reunite. This has been a year full of surprises, heartaches, many lessons, adventures and so much love. It’s all in the way we look at it. That’s why i practice yoga and tree pose specifically every day. I challenge myself to find the beauty in all things. I see so much when I read your posts Cindy. You’re a special lady❤🌠🎆

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    1. It really is a good post for focus and rooting and it’s so true how different each day can be or chapter in our lives. Oh glad you liked the poem and video and smiled-:) oh boy, Maria, I’m sorry to hear you need to regroup as I know you were excited. But like you say, change is in the air and the gifts will make there way known. Hopefully, that will include you reunited with your partner!
      Life is never easy but it sounds like you have have more love which is awesome!! Tree 🌲 Pose is a good one for that for sure and finding beauty all around! I love how you frame it! Oh you are so special and I always look forward to connecting with you here. Good luck and blessings as you love to the next adventure! 💕💕💕 Cindy

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      1. 😊 Yes my dear Cindy, my soul has been running the show for 16 months now and at times I leap before looking only to create another lesson for myself. Some are painful yet 9ver my 42 years, none of them have stopped me. My message of love can’t be held down or back for too long. Our interaction here reminds me to keep being me, dream big and to always go for it!! 💃🥰🎆

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      2. There are no mistakes, only lessons so it’s good you aren’t afraid of leaping. Gosh and you are so young, so that’s the good news!!! Time to venture off and life keeps shifting and changing, opening up new pathways! You are an example of love that your so freely give!
        You would have it anyway because you are an example of living authentically real! That is something to celebrate and I applauded you!💕 Cindy

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    1. Oh thank you very much Suzette! I truly appreciate your appreciation and condolances of the tree. I was so happy when we moved here with such mature landscaping but I have sooooo many trees, I wish I didn’t have so many to maintain. Be careful what you wish for right? 🤣 However, it is a great problem being surrounded by beauty. I’m glad you enjoyed the message as well. Have a great day.
      ❤️🙏Cindy

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  2. Beautiful post Cindy. Yes, it’s such a happy moment when the children are home and all are together savoring some lovely family bonding.

    Only of late I have managed to get a sort of balance while doing the tree pose. Enjoyed your video. You balance yourself in the pose so well ❤️👏

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    1. Oh I’m so glad you liked it Radhika and could appreciate the feeling of family bonding which I know you savor as well.
      Good for you…. I was certainly swaying a lot with a near fall. Later I thought, it would have been funny, if I did just fall down. lol. Have a wonderful evening Rahika and thanks for visiting and your lovely sharing!!! ❤️🙏Cindy

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    1. Hi Jay, so nice for you to visit and let me know your feeling. I’m glad you enjoyed it. She is so tiny, I didn’t know anyone would notice.. thanks, she is a cutie. Have a wornderful day! ❤️❤️🙏🙏Cindy

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  3. Loved the Music as Medicine Training. Its awesome 👍🏻👍🏻
    Thanks for sharing I haven’t heard anything like this earlier.
    This line was really beautiful and inspiring👇
    “Keep growing your leaves to the light and together we shall be the beacons and lead the way to better days ahead.”  👍🏻👍🏻
    Keep up with your great work like this always 😃❤❤

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    1. Good Afernoon Dulcy! You’re so welcome. I hadn’t either but it is world wide. You can look up Aurtor Hull and Christina Stevens. She is my teacher. She has online courses as well, if you are ever drawn to it. It’s a beautiful way to use musice to integrate into our lives whether we are musically inclined or not. Love to you my sweet one and I’m glad you liked the post and those words. Have a beautiful afternoon and evening.
      ❤️❤️🙏 Cindy

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  4. Dearest Cindy, how beautifully you articulate your words….so true….”….is truly an illusion, since we can’t really protect them from life’s bumps and traumas, as much as we would like to”….I, as a parent try to protect my kids as well….but I’ll always remember these words, when I go in the wrong direction of being overprotective….I have tried vrikshasana….it’s beautiful & spiritual….it gave me do much grounding….connected to the roots & to the sky….your post has inspired me to do it again….thank you for such a heartfelt sharing….❤️✨

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    1. Good Morning Dear Navin,
      It’s always a delight to see you here visiting with your wonderful comments. I’m glad those words have some meaning for you as well as they do me. They will tell you I was overportective growing up and I tend to think so many parents hadn’t a clue what their kids were up to, and I was just” minding the shop”. However, I could have done without the angst. I do remind them they can choose exactly how they want to parent if they choose to have children of their own. You are a good Dad, I can tell! Yes, yoga is a great way to connect to the earth especially Tree Pose. I’m so glad it inspired you and maybe I’ll post a shorter Yoga workout here on Wed. You are so welcome and I am truly blessed by your words. Have a beautiful day!!! ❤️❤️❤️🙏Cindy

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      1. Hey C, I like “minding the shop”….I do that too from time to time….most of the parents tend to be overprotective….as they try to build the “right way” for their kids….though, it’s the kids, who find their own path….parents’ love, support, patience, acceptance & guidance play an important role….but it’s the kids, who need to explore & form their way….just you & I did eventually….you’re sweet & kind when you say, I’m a good dad….thank you….I’m learning to be a good dad….I’m the biggest hindrance on nein that….my patterns….anxiety, snapping are a couple to name….I try & I’ll keep trying….I can sense as well, from your posts, comments, from your energy that you’re a terrific parent, mother, friend, mentor….your presence can be felt….please do post a shorter yoga workout….I’m already looking forward….have a peaceful & magnificent day ❤️✨❤️✨😊

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      2. Yes, we don’t need more hellicopter parents like I was for sure… lol 🤣 I was a product of my mother. On the other hand, there needs to be bounderies as well which is why so many too are lost. But yes, they need to find there way.. Well, we do our best and aside from the snapping etc here is a depth that they know who your are as none of us are perfect. One time I purposely threw chairs to see if I could get one of my daughter’s attention at all and you know what…. It worked lol.. 🤣🤣now they did think i went nuts but I think it was that last time the one snuck out in places she shouldn’t be.. lol; They say they will have GPSs on their kids.. haha so maybe I wasn’t that bad after all. I wouldn’t suggest that, but I am saying we aren’t perfect much as we try. Thank you dear Navin!!! it is what I aspire to and yet am only human. Oh good, you are inspiring me!!! I’ll post one soon. you as well my dearest. ❤️🤣🤗

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      3. Haha…helicopter parents….I like thus term….we all start somewhere & we end somewhere else when we finally connect to the being within…it’s true there need to be boundaries as well…that’s what I meant from parents’ guidance…Kids need a nudge but not a forceful push…interesting to read about your chair incident….you’re great in observations…..that’s what we need….to observe from the deep…I’m looking forward to check your yoga video….have a wonderful day, dearest Cindy ❤️✨

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      4. Now your have a new saying in your repitoir but you might not wanat to use it too much.(as in be one) .lol. Yes, connecting to our being within is crucial and using guidence like you said with a nudge… I don’t reccommend the chairs but we’re not perfect right?!!!! Plus, we need a few funny strories they can remember. Yes, indeed and it’s so easy to get in our own lives we loose sight of those we love. Oh It’s a little rough but I do hope you like it dear Navin. Thanks, you have a good one as well! ❤️ C

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      5. No, we aren’t perfect…perfect is just a term but it doesn’t exists…and we’re humans…we fall, we rise, we fall again and then we try to rise…we definitely need a few funny stories…how would be the life of there were no highs & no lows….Beautifully written, dearest Cindy…”Yes, indeed and it’s so easy to get in our own lives we loose sight of those we love. Oh It’s a little rough but I do hope you like it dear Navin. “….I do like it….your words are pure wisdom with a touch of sweetness & fun…Enjoy the day as it is….❤️

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      6. We sure aren’t and I find learning new tasks always is tricky to stay connected to the present but that is when we get to practice most. We sure do need levity alright as we rise nd fall. ahhh glad you liked it and I’m glad you get me, thanks you! You have a good one too. I’m “supposed” to be sleeping but the dog has me up and the election as well. NN.. ❤️

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      7. And thank you that you get me….yeah, crazy election….tell me about it….I’m so much disappointed but I knew, Trump would win again….the awareness of people has been shifting….narrower….I don’t live in the US….but I don’t understand how it’s even possible that people choose him….again….asking this question to me ❤️

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      8. You’re welcome! I know it’s wild! I forgot to post when I tried to sleep but actually didn’t… lol.😂 one never knows at this point unless our reality host can pull off his stunts. 😜
        🤞we might see justice. 💕

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  5. Beautiful post. I’m sorry for the loss of that tree but you are right— we all fall down. Sometimes life changes in such a way that it will never be the same no matter what. Like a death in the family… trees fall suddenly and without warning.
    I needed this today. A great reminder for me to be thankful for what is today because tomorrow it might not be here.

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    1. Thank you so much Beck! We sure do and I wish I read this before I wrote it as I would have included that important piece. It’s so true, sometimes they fall and it’s there last day like we do. no explaintions and I always feel that they are needed somewhere else, just like we will be someday. In the meantime, it’s lovely to share the morning with you and thanks for your visit. I always appreciate it. And you are so write we need to appreciate the moment. Have a great day Beck! ❤️❤️🙏Cindy

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      1. Oh aren’t you the sweetest! My heart is melting and I’m blushing. Thank you so much. My workout videos are a little harsher 🤣🤣🤣. I made your back video but I’m not sure it is audible enought.. I’ll see.. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  6. This is saddening and encouraging at the same time Cindy, we die a little every day and just like your Pine tree, we’ll return to mother earth someday not knowing how or when in most cases.

    That tree falling could have been frightful, but since your tree man’s expert advise is based on their 50 year span, I guess it could be a good idea to hang stickers on the affected trees stating an unforeseeable danger.

    Stay safe and far from trees Sis!

    Hugs and warmth!!! 🌞

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    1. Hi Ero,
      Yes, Beck actually said that it reminds her of some people that fall like the tree and are gone. I should have added that because that is true as well and we never quite know when our time is up, so we must appreciate every moment. Appreciating the time we have is so critical.

      Yes, you are right about those trees, and maybe that means we start taking them down slow but sure.

      Thanks so much Bro. Hope you are well.
      I feel the love and I appreciate it… Thank you and right back at cha! 🤗❤️❤️

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  7. Hello!!
    I have nominated you for ‘The Black Cat Blue Sea Award’ .
    Please check my latest post on site ‘MY BEST VISION IN WORDS’.
    mybestvisioninwords.wordpress.com
    (I could not provide like..my apologies to you)
    – Aishwarya Meti

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    1. Oh you are sooo kind Aishwarya to nominate me for his award and so up my alley with my black cat nd white one too. I’m so sorry but I truly don’t think I have the time to paritcipate as I am so far behind. I’m trying to catch up but swiming at the moment. I am so honored and I will add it to my list if I can get to it. Thank you soooo much. ❤️

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  8. Such a beautiful and welcome message. Thank you for sharing this insightful reflection. It will definitely help me get through Election Day. 😘

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    1. Oh thank you so much Diane. It means a lot to me that you stopped in and shared this with me. You are so welcome. Let’s hope we get through it for a sound democracy. Miss you and much love!❤️❤️❤️ Cindy

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    1. Oh I;m sooo honored, Thank you sooo much. You are too cute! You will always get me pretty authentic and raw without touch up or video perfection…. but the real deal so I am truly appreciative. My daughter is making me make more. Big hugs for a great day!! ❤️❤️❤️🤗🤗🤗

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  9. This was such a wholesome post. I absolutely loved the way you write and the tree pose was interesting as well!
    The song was my personal favourite though😂 I loved the last line saying “And the music never ends” like everything is a cycle of it’s own.
    I’m so sorry to hear about the tree and glad no one got hurt. It’s always a sad sight to see old trees fall or get cut.
    Wonderful post as always!❤️

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    1. You are so kind to stop in and bless my morning with your wonderful thoughts!!! Thank you so much for sharing your kind affirmation of my post.. Oh I’m glad you liked the song!!!! It’s so fun to sing for me becuase you are so right, it is the cycle of life that lives within. Thanks for your blessings of the tree and safety of others. It’s true, it is always sad to loose one. Blessings to you always.. ❤️❤️🙏 Cindy

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  10. Dearest Cindy, I’m writing this new comment coz somehow WP isn’t letting me reply your last message to me….This is in continuation of that…..You wrote, “our reality host can pull off his stunts” ….and I was laughing right away….he’s already trying very hard….I hope to see the blue color victorious this time…but let’s wait & see….I just checked your video….I must’ve missed it….You’re a sweet & kind being…beautiful energy you have…powerful you stand…the song you sang…with your yogini stance…is so meditative with so much depth 💖✨

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    1. Oh you are so kind Navin, thank you so much. Darn W.P. but this came through so thanks for being persistent! LOL… Glad you got a chuckle. He sure is trying! I know right!!!! Me too… It’s clear if won’t be pretty after, sadly. Oh you are so nice to check out my video. Your words are so kind and touch my heart!….❤️ thank you so much. I’m lad you liked the song. I made 4 more yesterday and today and thery are really short but they were fun to do; I hope you enjoy those. I am honored you found them worth of your tine with depth and love. Bless you!❤️❤️❤️

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  11. Dear Cindy, beautifully written post . So glad no one was injured ,speaking of parenting my dad was very overprotective and as a result I think I may have been a bit also. My mantra has always been we all want to do a better job of parenting than our own parents did . I have learned over the years we all do our best and still make “mistakes” my children have been my greatest teachers. The greatest source of pleasure and also the greatest source of pain. Unconditional love ❤️ Is the only way through .we are all love and lovable. I remember a workshop I did many many eons ago The lesson Love yourself trust your choices and everything is possible. Have a fantastic day.🥰

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    1. Oh thank you so much Marlene for your very insightful message. We do the best we can with what circumstances we are given and no doubt you are a great mom that gives so much of your heart and soul.
      This so well said it bares repeating:
      “I have learned over the years we all do our best and still make “mistakes” my children have been my greatest teachers. The greatest source of pleasure and also the greatest source of pain. Unconditional love ❤️ Is the only way through .we are all love and lovable”.

      A great mantry and yes, we must love ourselves and trust ourselves always!
      You have a great weekend and thanks for you kind share! ❤️ Cindy

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  12. So much knowledge in these lines Cindy. I can only imagine how it would have felt on watching a tree fell to ground. I absolutely adored how you used your words to give an important life lesson to all of us. A perfect title too to a perfect article. Well done Cindy. Loved reading this. Amazing. 😇😇

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    1. Thank you so much Kumar. I’m glad you enjoyed it and the lesson it imparted. It was incrdible and I just found out Garrett saw it as well. We can never underestimate the power of nature, I’m so glad you liked the title too. I hit send before I got to revisit it but it turned out ok. You are really kind to kiss my page with your love. Thank you! ❤️ Cindy

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