The women in my year-long program just completed our spring retreat, “Enact Your Vision!” They reported that it was their favorite module yet, and I must say, I agree. I am in the process of turning this spring content into both an online course and a one-day, in-person retreat near Santa Cruz, so stay tuned for those opportunities. In the meantime, I’ve decided to write a 5-part blog series so you can learn about my clients’ favorite springy exercises from the module and do them yourself!
Part One: Learn From the Trees (April 22nd)
Part Two: Prepare Your Soil (April 29th)
Part Three: Envision Your Harvest (May 6th)
Part Four: Plant Your Seeds (May 13th)
Part Five: Allow Your Anger to Fuel Your Growth (May 20th)
In nature, a lot is happening in spring. This season is not subtle. New growth boldly announces itself as it pops through the soil or sprouts on the end of branches that just yesterday, looked dead. Everywhere you turn, the world is brimming with new life and vibrant colors. It is a time for hope. A time to see possibility in what used to be a dry patch of earth. A time to allow all things to become new again. A time to create a vision and take actions to begin bringing that vision about. Finally, it is a time for creative expression and even effective anger.
You might find that you can hold a lot more in your life during this time of year, without feeling as overwhelmed. In a garden, new shoots come up nearly all at once, all next to each other. Eventually they’ll crowd each other out and some decisions will need to be made about who stays and who goes, but for now, everyone sprouts up and grows together. So while during other seasons I might advise a client not to take on too much, during spring I usually say go for it. As long as you have the energy, take on as much as you want. The time for pruning will come later.
So how can you, awakening wild woman, take full advantage of this spring energy? You can start by learning from the trees.
This is how we began our spring retreat last weekend, with a hike in the redwood forest just a few minutes from my house. After all, I’m only a human. True wisdom lies in nature. She has been around much longer than any of us and will be here long after we’re gone. I could teach my absolute best stuff every day for a year and it would pale in comparison to the knowledge that can be gained from just a few minutes of time spent in nature. So really, you should probably stop reading this silly blog post now and go for a hike.
No really. Do it.
Spring is associated with the wood element, so it’s the perfect time to learn from trees. Have you ever touched a tree and felt a zing of life coursing through it, or felt connected to the generations before you who have touched, sat under, or gazed at the same tree?
That’s because trees are ancient, wise teachers. They have by far the longest life span of any living thing on earth. Think of all they’ve seen and experienced in their long, patient life. Think of all the humans who have come and gone, been born and died while they stood and grew in the same, silent spot. Some of the giant redwoods where I live in central California have been alive since before the time of Jesus - and are still growing.
Wrap your head around that lifespan for a moment.
So the first and most important thing an awakening wild woman like yourself can do to harness the power of spring is to go learn from the trees. If you can, find a spot deep in the woods where you will be undisturbed by other humans. If there aren’t any spots like that near you or it’s not feasible for you to reach them safely, even sitting in your backyard or a nearby park will work just fine. You can connect with trees wherever they grow.
First, find your spot. If you’ve chosen an area with a lot of trees, walk around a bit and see which one calls to you. One always will. Then, sit down, take a few deep breaths, and observe.
Watch your chosen tree like you’re watching a documentary. Listen to it like you’re listening to a lecture. What does it have to say to you? What can learn by noticing how it grows? How it interacts with other life around it? How it feels? How it sounds? How you feel in its presence? Anything that comes to you is right - you can’t do this exercise wrong. Everyone connects with their tree in a different way, and the message you receive from one tree might be different than the one you receive the very next day.
For example, during this activity at our retreat, I felt like my tree was teaching me how to unapologetically take up space, to grow tall and strong and not be afraid to get really, really big. Another wild woman’s tree taught her how to lean on others and grow in community. And yet another had a moving realization about her sister and how although they have grown apart, they are still connected at their roots.
Post what you learned from your tree here in the comments. Have fun!
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Hello! I'm Melanie Munir, founder of Professional Wild Woman - a women's empowerment business dedicated to helping women who are tired of feeling either "too much" or "not enough" to connect to their inner wildness so they can create work that allows them the fullest expression of their unique voice. Welcome!