” The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness” John Muir
There is nothing to compare with our Redwood Forests! These majestic trees are inspirational, spiritual, beautiful and healing to mind, body and spirit!
To stand by them in complete awe as the sunlight kisses your face and the spongy carpet of needles caresses your feet is to truly be at Mother Nature’s Shrine. This natural cathedral brings you to your knees in complete humility and humbleness. These trees have weathered fires, disease, man’s pollution and more for over 2-3,000 years. Healing their scars and courageously carrying on they continue to thrive against adversity.
You feel the presence of all that is good and holy in this world when you enter their domain. Tears of pure joy streamed down my face as I was completely overcome with their strength and vulnerability. It is hard to fathom their size and dominance when you first approach, but as you get closer their shaggy bark and visible scars give them a ‘human’ quality. John Steinbeck says in his book Travels with Charley, ” The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. From them come silence and awe. They are ambassadors from another time.”
These amazing trees are a gift from God, the great creator, and are a sign of resilience and natures capacity for healing. These champions of endurance have survived natural disasters, droughts and climate changes for over millions of years. We spent 4 days among these gentle giants in just a few of the 120,000 acres of ancient coastal redwoods California is graced to have. It was a blessing and a privilege to be among them and commune with the universe. Our family left these woods in a complete state of peace and reverence.
In gratitude, I ask you to discover nature’s cathedral for yourself and your children. See: SaveTheRedwoods.org/csp for more information on how you can visit and help preserve these extraordinary trees and the ecosystem they support. ” a grove of giant redwoods or sequoias should be kept just as we keep a great or beautiful cathedral.” Theodore Roosevelt. Let us join together in an effort to protect and preserve these ancient mariners.
I have learned a great deal from reading John Muir’s writings about nature and encourage you to read his works as well. I will leave you with this last thought shared from his collections of verse.
“Keep close to Nature’s heart and break clear away once in awhile and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean!”
Grace each day with thanks and may you always walk in harmony, Sara