Can you see the trees for the wood in your life?

I know, I know. Traditionally that saying is the other way around, but stay with me. This is going somewhere.

For months I’ve been saying “I have a vision….. It’s got trees in it.”

Kind of as a joke, as I’ve always had a strong sense of business vision, but since we are temporarily without bricks & mortar business…. my vision role is taking a break.

Ah, but trees. They are a vision I can get excited about!

Trees have been calling me and I’ve been spending time camping and losing time just BEing in nature and around trees and water.

At home, despite the fact I have an epic view of the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu, I’ve been dreaming of tree canopies and forests.

Specifically the native NZ forest and it’s unique, magical qualities of grounding while simultaneously transporting you to an other-worldly sense of wonder and awe.

There is texture and richness to the greenery and earthiness of a NZ bush line. Unassuming in its grandeur.

I’m fussy when it comes to my tree vision.

Because out one window I have the Remarkables & Lake Wakatipu and out the other I have the base of Ben Lomond with a wilding Pine forest creeping up the side of it.

But, that’s wilding pines, not my beloved native NZ beech trees. 

So, I rarely took the time to gaze upon it. Favouring the open view of the lake and the demanding presence of the Remarkables.

Until last week. I was lying on the floor after practicing yoga and was facing out toward the trees.

The sun was beaming down and there were streaks of light highlighting the different shades of green in the contours of the hill. And suddenly, I saw it.

Right up the top. Before the tree line gives way to the rough and barren edges of the mountain reaching higher, a pocket with a decidedly different presence than the wilding pines. An entire section of the upper part of the forest is in fact entirely Native NZ Beech!

I couldn’t believe it. How had I not noticed this in the entire 8 or 9 years I have lived in this house?!

Well firstly my interest in nature and trees has only been heightened in recent years. I have always enjoyed it, but the real depth of appreciation for it and my own ability to truly BE in nature has matured in the last few years.

Which means I was not really paying attention to the details of differing forest canopies for probably the first 5 years I lived here!

And secondly, it’s only in the last few months that I have had this clear thought and desire to have more trees, native trees in my environment and life experience.

Two very key energetic points.

Ability to be aware of my surroundings and clarity of desire of something.

The ‘something’ in this case the trees, was always there.

I didn’t have to magic it into place. It already existed.

I simply couldn’t see it from where I was existing 

Often what happens is we can’t see the wood for the trees in our own lives, which means we can’t see the big picture amongst the details. We get lost and caught in the drama and entanglement of one unruly tree amidst a whole wood of goodness.

And yet what also happens is, we caught up in the big picture and we miss out on the details of life.

Two sides of the same coin.

In this new era of personal development and spiritual growth, everyone who is anyone seems to have a vision and personal values to live by. It’s all about the big picture.

But like anything, when we polarize too far in one direction we suddenly feel imbalanced, dissatisfied, confused. Even though, we think we are ‘doing’ it right.

Keeping our eye on the big picture, the vision, the future, the goal.

All the while, perhaps missing the essence of the simple things you discovered you wanted along the way.

Like the tree canopy that was there existing, living, growing.

And me, maturing into BEing, to be aware of the deep reverence within for nature and to then desire more of what already existed, my vision – Trees!

Roisin Brady

Photo is not the trees from my home, but other special trees in the deep south of NZ — can you feel it? Breathe in the tree vibes