I’d like to use the photos found on social media today, some I’ve used before, to tell a story.(musing)
There simply beautiful, amazing plants in the Universe, depending on what part of the world you live, or visit, some of them will be front and center for you to enjoy and delight over. Each plant has something unique to them, and appear the way they do, often for survival purposes.
Example, the Amazon water-lily, it can grow to over 2 metres in diameter, that is, about 9 something feet. I am not likely to see one in my travels, while I am wandering the parks and countryside in my Canadian backyard. To deter rainforest animals from eating therm, they have rows of sharp spines on the underside of the leaves.
This picture, is of a strangler fig, where many epiphytes avoid harming the plant on which they grow, the strangler fig eventually kills its host tree. It starts out as a little bitty thing, that looks so cute growing among the branches of its host tree, but as it grows, its roots thread their way down into the soil, and its stems keep wrapping around the host tree. It grows stronger with the passing of time, capturing more and more sunlight as it expands and grows till eventually the host tree dies.
That said, the strangler fig is important to the rainforest ecosystem, its fruit is a mainstay diet for many of the animals that live in the rainforest.
I used to talk about this plant during my days in “health care” – regarding stress.. Stress is often seen only as a negative, but in fact it is and can be very positive. It is all in how we perceive the challenges that come our way. The obstacle that is blocking out the sunshine making it harder for us to enjoy the sun, is often just like us in the sense that it had to grow big and tall to survive as long as it has. It had the sunshine, and the rain. Now you come along, your choice is to give up and live in the dark, or to embrace and enjoy the company of the host you landed on. In sharing you grow and are supported in your efforts,you get to see that the when you reach for the sun, and let your roots slide down further into the forest floor, you become more stabilized.
This is a picture of the resourcefulness of the people living in India, they built a living bridge from the strangler fig trees, the bridge is alive and always growing stronger.
This tree standing in the Nanning Park in Guangxi China, is what started this train of thought. The host tree is long gone. so today admirers see only this lattice tree. When we look at another human being, we see only what is on the outside. We see where they are at that moment, in that space and time.
Some of us are like the Amazon Water-Lily beautiful to look at, pretty as a picture, but.. under the exterior of “who we project” is someone very different. There are so many layers to us, it is a patient partner who will lovingly and tenderly peel away each layer. This applies to any and every one. Because a “man” appears strong, and unapproachable, means zip, everyone has a heart, has feelings, feels sadness, and wants love.
When something is impossible it is because we don’t want it badly enough. Or what we think we want, is not really what is best for us, and Nature steps in, and helps reshape and redirect every day is a new adventure and a new discovery.
PL Precept # 1 Life is Art
a very simple statement three words, but it is very profound.
Namaste – Oyashikiri
PL, Church of Perfect Liberty
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