Robert Broughton


In Memory of Trees: Interconnectedness


‘Among the scenes which are deeply impressed on my mind,
none exceed in sublimity the primeval forests…
No one can stand in these solitudes unmoved, and not feel
that there is more in man than the mere breath of his body.’

Charles Darwin


There is much to learn from the trees. They grow and gain strength from their intertwined roots whilst giving ample space for growth and, in great autumn splendor, provide nourishment for future generations. Branches find their unique passage towards the sun and boughs provide shelter for those who nest within; it is difficult to imagine any doubt in their ever-eager spirit for living. 

The wandering mind is brought to rest in viewing the enduring stoic beauty of the trees. Fears and anxieties dissipate when the eyes fall upon the tree that has weathered it all. Trees show us how we can grow gracefully with nature’s rhythms and ways; It is this story we see in their very image.

The tree holds the sky because it knows its limits, loving the gentle play of air amongst its leaves. We rest under her slow sway as the wind whispers through its boughs and the daily concerns of the mind melt by. The trees teach us a wise lesson in patience and hold us in their grace.



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