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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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Era
Era
6 months ago

Wow 👌👌

Era
Era
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

My pleasure 💙

Ladysag77
6 months ago

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❤🌠🎆

Ladysag77
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

😊 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!! 💃🥰🎆

Ladysag77
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Thank you Cindy, I really needed to hear your kind words of encouragement. So much love pours from your heart sister💗

Nawazish
6 months ago

Amazing Cindy!❤

rothpoetry
6 months ago

An interesting post! Looks like the tree did a split. It appears to have had a heart issue… just like some of us! Glad no one was near!

Suzette Benjamin
6 months ago

A beautiful message of thriving through challenges. Sorry about the tree. But an inspiring message has come out of it. Thanks Cindy.

Suzette Benjamin
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Yes, you are right.. the problems where nature’s beauty surrounds…a gift with challenges😊 Have a great day also Cindy

Suzette Benjamin
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Blessings to you too Cindy 🙏

radhikasreflection
6 months ago

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 ❤️👏

dixitmrityunjay
6 months ago

Lovely post, that tree sure looks scary and your cat looks cute posing beside it :))

Samreen Asad
6 months ago

Beautiful message Cindy ❤️ and an equally beautiful video to watch, a perfect balance you pose 😊👌🤗🌺🌳

Samreen Asad
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Always a pleasure Cindy❤️😊 Of course I did, as I do always ❤️🤗 thank you and have a wonderful week ahead 🤗🌷🌼🧚‍♀️

Samreen Asad
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

I am honored by your words and equally blessed ❤️🤗❤️

Samreen Asad
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

❤️❤️❤️

Dulcy💕
6 months ago

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 😃❤❤

Dulcy💕
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

😇🤗🤗💕

Navin
6 months ago

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….❤️✨

Navin
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

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 ❤️✨❤️✨😊

Navin
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

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 ❤️✨

Navin
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

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….❤️

Navin
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

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 ❤️

Beck
6 months ago

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.

Beck
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

That’s a great way to look at it. Like they are needed somewhere else… so sweet. 🤗 ❤️

Sheila Murrey
6 months ago

Love this sooo much! Beautiful. ❤️🦋🌀🙏

Smithasbakelove
6 months ago

Love the pics, post and everything about it. such a good reminder of humble life.

Nathi
6 months ago

Cindy, this is the first post I read on getting back to blogging and your words they truly spoke to me✨❤️

365dniwobiektywielg
6 months ago

I practiced with you today

365dniwobiektywielg
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Well, my back may be a little better, but sometimes I feel discomfort

365dniwobiektywielg
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

SUPER ! Let me know when you publish

365dniwobiektywielg
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

you are great!❤️

365dniwobiektywielg
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

I fell in love❤️❤️❤️ with you when I look at you, at your movements, at your voice❤️❤️❤️You are wonderful

365dniwobiektywielg
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

See❤️❤️

Divya
6 months ago

Amazing post Cindy❤️ tree pose is one of my favourite asana too🙌🏼 I am sorry about the tree, but it made way for a wonderful post. Have a great day Cindy🥰

Divya
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

It’s my pleasure Cindy😀

denise421win
6 months ago

Awesome Cindy, a lot to think about

Eromonsele Emmanuel
6 months ago

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!!! 🌞

Eromonsele Emmanuel
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Yes, it’s either you take em down or hang warning signs. Let’s not rush anyone to heaven yet. 😇

Eromonsele Emmanuel
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Hehe 🙂

garrettgeorgakas
6 months ago

Big tree fall hard

Aishwarya Meti
6 months ago

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

Aishwarya Meti
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

That’s fine Cindy.
Thankyou for your kind words.

indianeskitchen
6 months ago

You are so inspiring!

Rishika Jain
6 months ago

Impeccable!

Rishika Jain
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

😀💕💕

dessertflower5
6 months ago

A very interesting and thought provoking read. A beautiful and enjoyable read

dessertflower5
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

The pleasure is all mine. Thankyou and you too have a lovely day

dessertflower5
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

🙂

Diane Talbert
Diane Talbert
6 months ago

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

Chasing Potatoes
6 months ago

Great post and I love your video too, so I’m subbing now your YouTube channel. Hehe thank you so much for sharing. 😊😊😊

Sarah Davis
6 months ago

Wow! What an amazing experience.

K E Garland
6 months ago

Very nice. I think the lesson from this fallen tree is more about the circle/cycle of life. The tree never really dies, after all.

Don't Lose Hope
6 months ago

This is beautiful, Cindy. I love the lesson you present us with. So full of hope 🙂

Don't Lose Hope
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

My pleasure. I love your writing style 💕

Christy Johnson
6 months ago

This is beautiful. I live in the country and love all kinds of nature. Thanks for sharing!

Kally
6 months ago

So beautiful and I am inspired by you today, Cindy. Thank you.

Introverted Thoughts
6 months ago

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!❤️

Introverted Thoughts
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

My pleasure!🤗💕

Navin
6 months ago

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 💖✨

Navin
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

I’m gonna check your videos later….thanks for letting me know, Cindy. Have a wonderful weekend ❤️

Navin
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

I’ll keep am eye ❤️

marlene ford gf Sesse
marlene ford gf Sesse
6 months ago

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.🥰

Kumar Harsh
6 months ago

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. 😇😇

Kumar Harsh
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

😇😇😍

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