As we traveled and learned about the wonders of Yosemite, I was struck by the Giant Sequoia. There are only a few in the Yosemite Valley. What I found interesting was this:
1. They are beautiful
2. They are massive
3. They are fragile with their shallow roots requiring lots of water
4. They reproduce only by massive destruction in the name of wildfire
5. They seemingly live forever once rooted (thousands of years)
Number four is what inspired the inspiration for today. The Giant Sequoia requires the intense heat of a fire to release the seeds from their cones. And the seed requires clear and fertile soil to take root. Once rooted, in the right soil conditions, they will live and continue to grow for years and years.
As in life, in order to continue to grow we have to supply our bodies with the right environment including nutrition, movement, rest and connection. And sometimes, we have to clear out the extraneous stuff in order to continue our growth. Sometimes we feel that life "buries" us, but maybe it is just "planting" us in a clear meadow to grow again.
Often the "wildfire" can be tragedy of some kind. But it doesn't have to be. Periodically evaluating your environment can allow you to clear the excess junk in order to grow. Sometimes it requires a digital cleanse, or a walk in the trees, or connecting with a special person, or simply moving in a new way.
Be open to the darkness when it is there and find where your resources are to continue growth.
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
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