AwareNow: Issue 18: The Outside Edition

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‘THE WAY TO HAPPINESS’ EXCLUSIVE COLUMN BY JACQUELINE WAY

WHAT TREES TEACH US

LESSONS IN HAPPINESS LEARNED

“Your life is not an individual existence. What you exhale, the trees are inhaling; what the trees exhale, you are inhaling.” - Sadhguru

Breathe in. Breathe out. Each breath we take is the gift of life we receive.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

Each breath is our interconnectedness with our planet.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

Each breath grounds us in the roots of who we truly are.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

We are connected with every breath we take to the planet and each other.

“Forests are the lifeline of our world. Without them, we lose extraordinary and essential functions for life on Earth.” - Meg Lowman, The Tree Foundation

When was the last time you just stopped and looked at a tree? I mean really looked at it. Their majestic beauty. The detailed colour and veins that run through every leaf. The texture and variety of every trunk. Like humans, no two trees are the same. Each bring unique gifts to our world that we cannot live without. Yet most days we walk past them never seeing them, never noticing the life-giving force they are for our planet. Never knowing the happiness and wellbeing they can bring to our lives.

What if the trees in your own back yard became part of your own daily happiness habit?

Let’s start with basic facts about trees and why we can’t live on this planet without them.

It starts with every breath we take…

Trees make oxygen we need to survive.

Trees use the carbon dioxide we breathe out keeping our air clean.

Tree roots support soil conservation so we aren’t swept away every time it rains.

Trees support water cycle regulation, so our planet doesn’t become a dessert.

Trees provide shade to cool the planet and us.

Trees are homes for countless species.

Trees support biodiversity.

I could stop right here and those facts alone should be enough to help you understand that basically we – human beings – can’t live without trees. We won’t need to fly to Mars – without trees, we will be living on it. 113 AWARENOW / THE OUTSIDE EDITION

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