It is hard for me to put into words what it means to me to walk amongst trees. When I am walking towards the forest, the anticipation already puts a spring in my step. Then, when I am in the forest, amongst the trees, something so joyful happens: I feel I am entering a world I know, there is this exchange that happens, a wordless communication, it is as if I am receiving and giving a huge hug. It is a truly wordless, deep joy and happiness. I feel so grateful and honoured that I can be and walk amongst these gracious, living entities.
When I am walking, I sometimes forget that my surroundings can be very silent. I hear my own footsteps, the sound of me breathing in and breathing out and the pitter patter of the dog. It is when I stop, wait and listen that I become aware of the silence surrounding me. I hear the sound of silence. It is amazing that this vast area in which I am walking can be so silent. The vast silence surrounding me mirrors the vast silence that is me. It makes me feel so connected, so at home, so at peace.