What A Tree Taught Me.
In the past, I was struggling in my life because my self-love was practically nonexistent, my self-worth was minimal, and my confidence was null and void.
Then I learned five major life lessons from a tree.
Here’s how it happened:
I was at the lowest point in my life, and experiencing what I call “belly to the earth.” It was a time when I did not have hope, and I felt so “low,” literally and figuratively, that I felt the heaviness so deeply that I could not lift myself up. It was as if I was lying with my belly to the earth—unable to help myself, I felt disconnected from myself and Source.
I knew that in order to keep myself from spiraling into a deeper state of despair and depression, I would need brief forays into nature. I didn’t get very far, though, since my feelings of despair sunk any motivation to make anything better in my life.
I would sit at the kitchen table and look out the window, where I could see a tree. It wasn’t much – a lone tree, not many leaves, mostly branches and a spindly trunk. But it was there for me.
I remember thinking if I was a tree, that is how I would look right now. I wasn’t giving myself enough nurturing, sunshine or water, or any of the other loving, life-giving nutrients I needed. I was still looking outside of myself to get them—unconditional love, approval, acceptance of myself just as I am—instead of supplying them to myself first. I hadn’t yet learned that I was worthy of receiving by giving everything to myself first, because only then would I see it reflected in my outside world.
So how do you plant a tree of self-love and grow it into a healthy, happy, lush tree?
Here are the five major life lessons that tree taught me:
1) You are not your struggle.
2) Focus on your inner light and recognize your Divinity. This is Self-Realization.
3) Never abandon yourself.
4) You are Love.
5) Believe in yourself and what you are capable of.
Copyright © 2016 by Zoe Summer. Zoe Summer is an inspirational author and empowering speaker who teaches people how to live life to its fullest, and is known as "The Feel Great Expert." Zoe Summer is also the Author and Artist of the book "YOU ARE ENOUGH: 30 Mini Mantras for Self-Transformation, Be Empowered, Enlightened, and Inspired” available on Amazon. To learn about personal development: Subscribe to her “Heart Connection Blog” and visit her online: http://www.ZoeSummer.com.