Rooted in Gratitude
Just as Gratitude is give and receive, so it is, with trees. These grow both up and down (branch and root), continually exchange water, ground us in the now and offer comfort, protection, and a daily changing view.
Just for today:
Let's give thanks for our trees, their verdant presence and watery essence as living, loving messengers of time.
Look around for a nearby tree. Breathe deeply its vibrant nature. Take a moment to appreciate its uniqueness, stage of growth, and continual state of change ... as well as its subtle way of mirroring the symbol of Gratitude, like this:
-- Tree Rings
-- Leaf Stomata
-- Tree Knot
Remember, the Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, then expressing Gratitude for its' shelter and assistance in his emancipation. Perhaps it's time to sit a bit and listen, listen again, then listen deeply to the tree next to thee.