A tree never forgets its roots anymore than I can forget the skin covering my body. Recently I visited my hometown, and made a surprising discovery. I was only there for two full days…to have my annual physical and to check out the burial markers of my parents who both left this world in 2017. I had not been back since their ashes had been placed together 15 months ago and wanted to view their burial markers.
Their resting place is beside a huge tree. Trees have forever been my solace, and this experience visiting the graveyard offered me the most astonishing peace of my life!
As I stood by the tree at dusk with an amazing sunset casting a beam of light onto the ground before me I smiled at the place where the ashes and memories of my parents, my grandfather, and my brother (who died in infancy before my birth) were located.
Just as the mighty oak had to grow beyond its initial roots, I began literally jumping with joy , realizing I, at 66 years old, have grown beyond my own roots. I have walked the pathway away from childhood sadness and confusing experiences into a life of joy and contentment. I laughed as I was jumping onto the cold December ground, remembering my pleasant childhood past laced with the challenges of my perceptions of emotional pain.
Aware that just as the oak was not just its roots, but also the branches, the acorns, the leaves, and the sacred space in which it stands, I was gifted in this cemetery the heart knowledge that I am not only the attachment to my family roots but a sacred conglomerate of my beliefs, my connections to friends/family/ my Creator,and my inner work that has blessed me as I embrace this place of being willing to receive joy!
I claimed my peace on this cold day in December surrounded by spirits of those watching me cry in joy. My Holiday wish is that you claim your own peace in whatever manner you are led as we co-create our present circumstances in our respective journey.