The Trees Don't Judge
The trees wave
I tell them my troubles
Lean on them for support
I feel safe
Beneath their outstretched limbs
Their wisdom is vast
Shared silently, viscerally
I feel it in my soul
A knowing, soothing presence
I always leave the forest
Better than I entered
Poem © Copyright 2021 Kelly Bruce
Everyone needs a TFF, in my opinion, like a BFF (best friend forever), but it’s your TREE friend forever. I know this probably sounds woo woo, but hear me out!
You already have a wonderful reciprocal relationship with trees, whether you pay much attention to it or not. They emit the oxygen you breathe, and you exhale the carbon dioxide that they need. Trees sequester carbon, so consider for a moment that they can also hold space for us, bearing witness without judgement. The next time you have a deep question, a conundrum, or you simply need a confidant to share with, try talking to a tree.
Perhaps you already have a special tree in your life - one that holds a special place in your heart, one that grows on a piece of land you’re fond of, or one you’re simply drawn to. Try to spend at least 30 minutes a week with your TFF. It can be broken into smaller increments if need be. You can lean against your tree, lay underneath it, or sit far enough away where you can admire it completely. You might even try hugging your TFF… whatever feels right to you.
Tree hugs and kisses,
About the Author
Kelly Bruce is a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide/Trail Consultant and the founder of Natural Wanders. She leads forest bathing and nature therapy walks in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. Subscribe to her e-newsletter for more inspiration from nature and to learn about upcoming walks, workshops and retreats. Each Wednesday, she’ll provide inspiration to help you wander into wellness, naturally. In the meantime, follow along on Instagram and Facebook. This article originally appeared in The Swell Life, the official blog of Portfolio Vero Beach Magazine. Photography by @zailaffitte.
Welcome! I'm Kelly Bruce, a certified nature and forest therapy guide. Join me each week for Wander and Wellness Wednesdays, where I provide inspiration to help you improve your overall wellbeing, naturally!