Look Who’s Talking

I love being in nature. One of my favourite ways to unwind is going for a woodland walk, sometimes with a quiet mind, sometimes with my own inner dialogue and sometimes with friends or my partner having completely random conversations, but while we walk and chat our way through the woods, we may not be only the ones communicating – did you know that trees and plants also communicate with each other?

They are able to do this via a network of fungi which grows on their roots to create a support system that allows them to share resources and send out warnings. These networks are called Mycorrhizal networks. A tree or plant that is being attacked by insects can send a warning to other trees and plants. A tall tree that gets plenty of sunlight can send vital nutrients to shaded trees and saplings. By sharing valuable information about threats and also sharing nutrients they can grow strong together. Alone they are much more vulnerable but together they can grow, thrive, withstand and overcome issues.

Blue Bells amongst trees that fell in the 1988 storm- Norsey Woods, Billericay

The same can be said for us. Whether we choose to live alone or with others, whether we prefer spending time alone or with others, by our very nature we are not designed to live completely separated from each other. Together we can use our different strengths and abilities to support each other and build each other up.

In a work environment it is now common place to use psychometric testing to recruit employees, the idea being that employers get the person with the right personality and skills to compliment the team so each team has a variety of people with a variety of strengths. A team full of ‘ideas’ people is great but not much good without those with practical skills to put the ideas into action.

Each of us has our own strengths and weaknesses, alone we may be able to get by but how much better can we do when we live and work together? A chef has the ability to cook amazing food but not necessarily the skill to grow and harvest the ingredients. A builder may be able to construct a ship but not necessarily have the ability to sail it.

Tribal communities, often living in harmony with nature and in rural settings are able to do so as they work together within their community. They would probably not survive long as individuals.

So, whether you have family, friends, neighbours or form part of a tribe or comm-unity, let’s strive to look out for each other, provide support for each other when needed and help build each other up.

Just as trees stand tall and strong in the forest, let’s build strong and healthy relationships and communities so we can stand tall, not just surviving but instead thriving.

United we stand, together in unity.

Tania – Journey to Unity

Gratitude

How often do you wake up in the morning and give thanks for a new day?

How often do you wake up in the morning and give thanks for a new day?
There may be many things you would like to change in your life, but there are also many things to be grateful for; family, friends, life lessons, food to eat, air to breathe, laughter, sunshine and rain to name but a few. All of these things bring value to our lives and shouldn’t be taken for granted.

Just think of your life journey and how far you have come, be consciously aware of the many blessings in your life, you’ll find there are so many reasons and opportunities to be thankful each and every day.

One way you can practice gratitude is by taking time at the end of each day to reflect and give thanks, by doing this you may also experience a more positive state of mind and improved health.

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”
—Dalai Lama

Practice gratitude and see how many more blessings come your way.

Tania – Journey to Unity

 

 

 

Early Bird

How often do you wake up, jump out of bed and rush head first into the day without giving a thought to the day itself?

How often do you wake up, jump out of bed and rush head first into the day without giving a thought to the day itself?

Why not try setting your alarm or body clock fifteen minutes earlier and allow your body and mind time to wake up. Gently get yourself out of bed and really stretch your body, feel any tension lifting as you do so and really be aware of your body. If you are unable to stretch then simply take a few minutes to bring awareness to your senses and really appreciate your body / senses for all they do for you each day. Your body is your vehicle for your time on earth and your senses help you navigate through it.

Once you have stretched out your body, move your attention to the day itself and give thanks for the new day you have been gifted with and all the opportunities that come with it. Then take some time to set your intention for the day.

Practice gratefulness and have a great day.

Tania – Journey to Unity

 

Connect with the Earth

Have you ever walked barefoot on grass or on sand? 

Have you ever walked barefoot on grass or on sand?  The sand could be warm or cold, it could be dry and sift through your toes or wet and clump under your footfall. The grass could be dry and hay like or soft like a plush carpet. Whether sand or grass, walking barefoot in nature can really activate the senses and can give a real sense of freedom.

On top of this it is an amazing way to connect with the Earth and to Mother Nature. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you could try standing outside on the grass when it’s raining and feel the rain against your skin and how alive it makes you feel and again, how connected. It’s a beautiful feeling, go on, give it a try!

Tania – Journey to Unity