Monday, July 2, 2012

Monday's Nature Quote

I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far! 
~ John Muir


  1. Well, this is great fodder for Friday's poetry.
    "I think that I shall never see
    a cranky, discontented tree.
    Well grounded, happy with their roots,
    and bearing happy little fruits."

    Buckle up, buttercup, I may run with this.

  2. I always like to look up the authors of your nature quotes, you never know who you will find popping up to make the day a better place.

  3. Run, Roxie, run!

  4. The quotes mostly come from a notebook I've been keeping for years, full of things I'd read that I liked and didn't want to lose. (Pretty quaint now, in these days of Internet quotes at our fingertips!)

  5. In doing taoist tai chi I'm learning and relearning the feeling of pushing down from the feet, then feel and trust my body's motion as a result. This pushing down with the feet was described by another practitioner as feeling "rooted to the floor." That is just how it feels, and the sense of stability inspired is palpable in my body and mind. It only lasts seconds, since taoist tai chi is also one continuous motion. 
    "Gripping the ground" with my feet is also what the sensation is like.
    It's a terrific expression and experience, very relaxing, as it travels up into my body.

  6. Grip into the ground
    feet root travel fast.
    Wandering into the wind.

  7. Love this description, SweetWilliam! Roxie, whose comment you'll find below, has written a YA book where the heroine Sanna "grounds" herself, drawing power from the rocks up to her feet and into herself. A little bit like you've described!