Singing to the Trees: A Global Practice in Loving Awareness
Join with others around the globe to sing to the trees as a manifestation of the presence of the divine here in our lives. As we honor the trees we bring healing to the human lungs and our capacity to breathe. We recognize our interconnectedness with the natural world and all beings. This practice helps us step into the awareness of the One-ness of all creation and embrace what is in front of us without grasping or aversion, as we affirm:
"My nature is loving awareness, without beginning and without end, always and everywhere."
The Lung's Bronchial Tree Resembles a Tree in Nature
WHAT: We are asking people around the globe to join together in this practice to create a global song to the trees. People may begin the practice when they hear of it. You may do the practice for one day or every day for a week, or the entire month. Some people may choose to do the practice whenever they can, while others may choose to regularly do it at sunrise, sunset, noon or midnight.
WHEN: April 14th - May 13th, 2020 We hope to establish the practice on all continents by April 14th and to have it continue for one month, through May 13th. WHY: It is time to honor the trees. It is time to go within and discover our true nature as loving awareness. The lungs of humanity and the lungs of the planet need healing and support. This practice is in part in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
HOW DO I PARTICIPATE: The "Singing to the Trees" practice is found below. Depending on public health guidance for your location, you may do this practice inside as you look out at a tree or you may do it outside. You may do the practice alone, with family members or in groups. We encourage folks to make this a daily practice for the time period of April 14 - May 13th.
If you are in a community with a peace chamber or are a member of a dance community, share how you plan to participate with the chamber caretaker or dance leader. They will share information with us.
At the bottom of this page we will keep information about how the practice is being taken up including a list of the places across the globe where it is being done. People are welcome to share with us their experience with the practice and with the person's permission, we will share highlights.
FACEBOOK PAGE: You are welcome to post how you are participating on the project's Facebook page: Global Tree Meditation and Loving Awareness Practice. You can connect with others doing the practice, upload pictures or videos, share your experience and feel like part of a global community.
GLOBAL MEETING: Wednesday, May 13th at 4 pm US East Coast Time We will conclude the month of doing this practice with a Global Virtual Meeting on Wednesday, May 13th. Click on this link to join the ZOOM meeting.
Singing to the Trees Loving Awareness Practice
This five-step practice can be done anywhere and anytime. It may be adapted to best suit your needs and preferences. Thanks to Beautiful Painted Arrow for the vision that brings us together and sharing with us the Tiwa sound for "tree".
1) Honoring: Begin the practice by looking at an individual tree or group of trees. Give thanks to the tree for all that it provides that you can easily see – beauty, shade, fruit, nuts, home for the birds. Give thanks for all that trees and forests give you that you cannot see, especially oxygen, which is essential to supporting life. Bow to the tree as a divine manifestation of Spirit or God or whatever you understand as the Ultimate. 2) Sing to the Tree/ Sing the Tree’s Song: Open your heart and begin singing to the tree. Include in your singing the Tiwa sound for tree - "Pee Wheh Neh". Initially, be aware of the apparent separateness between you, the sound of your voice and the tree. Open your heart more and more and allow the tree to sing through you, to feed oxygen to you, to support your well-being. The tree is a metaphor for greatness and the heart. Honor the greatness of the tree and the greatness of the heart - "Pee Wheh Neh". 3) Acknowledge One-ness: Allow the practice to deepen and shift. Know that the tree is within you. As you breathe, experience the inverted tree where your mouth is the bottom of the trunk of the tree. Each breath awakens a very lovely tree whose trunk is your throat and whose branches extent to your lungs and chest. Experience the light of the tree opening and healing all of the breathing passages of your lungs. Experience its vibrancy and the light of well-being spreading through your chest area and across your whole body, just as the branches and leaves of a tree spread into the clear blue sky. When you are filled with healing light and peace, focus on the beautiful clear blue sky. 4) Let the Mind Disappear into Silence: As you focus on the clear blue sky, let the mind disappear and enter the silent experience of being ONE with all creation. Know that you do not exist as the mind thinks you exist. See yourself in all beings and all beings in yourself. Experience yourself as the unified field of consciousness that is indivisible, always and everywhere. Know that there is only loving awareness. Loving awareness without beginning. Loving awareness without end. Loving Awareness. 5) Accept the perfection that is right in front of you: After a time, come back to awareness of the body. Filled with light and a sense of peace, give thanks for this moment and all that is present. You are loving awareness and what is in front of you is a gift from Spirit/God. Embrace what is in front of you without grasping and without aversion. Know that you are exactly where you need to be. Your presence is a gift. You are connected with all beings. You are loved. You are loving. You are love itself.