"And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
I am a treesister
Several years ago, my friend Durdica introduced me to Treesisters: women committed to the restoration of our forests and the rebalancing of humanity's relationship with the natural world. This organization spoke to me right away as I've felt a special kinship with trees ever since I was a child.
"TreeSisters focuses on the creation of resources and experiences that empower women to step into their feminine Nature-based leadership, in support of humanity's identity shift from a consumer species to a restorer species. Our approach is the balance of inner and outer, spiritual and practical, behavioural and ecological pathways towards that shift. This is a process of discovering how to engage, nourish, inspire and activate women into generously engaging our unique gifts on behalf of ourselves, each other and the forests that we love and need."
"Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life."
"A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life...A tree says: My strength is trust: I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else...I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live...When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all...A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. If one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning. It is not so much a matter of escaping from one's suffering, though it may seem to be so. It is a longing for home...Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness."