Forest Song | A Gift From The Trees

At the end of a tough year, sharing a gentle forest song to bring in some calm. We hope your new year is filled with peace and love.

FOREST SONG

There are many gifts that trees and forests give us. Some of them are obvious, but some remain hidden. In our race for development and growth, a few of these gifts may have been forgotten or overlooked. But spending a few mindful moments with the trees brings them back to our attention. And attention leads to awareness.

FOREST SONG | Nature Video

* Please watch in full screen with headphones for best results.

The invisible gift of breath that connects us to the forest, teaches us a simple truth on the art of living. Amidst the ups and downs, twists and turns, the ever present breath reminds us that life is about giving and receiving. Learning to give, is learning to love. And learning to receive is finding peace.

This forest song has been shot in Eagle Nest Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the most enchanting regions of the eastern Himalayas. It is a haven for birds and hosts an extraordinary variety, numbers and accessibility of species. *The bird featured in the film above is an emerald pigeon.

A free download of this forest song poster is given at the very end of this post. Feel free to share the film or the poster with those who might need a breath of peace. Read on for a simple forest meditation and the text only version of the forest song.

FOREST MEDITATION | Tree Practice

Here is a beautiful tree mediation by Lee Steppacher. It’s called the ‘Tree Practice’

“Tree” is a word, a concept. This a practice to really know a tree, with all of our senses, and our relationship to it.

Keep attention in the body, below thoughts.

Walk with the intention of finding a tree that you are drawn to. Let your body guide you. If someone else takes ‘your’ tree, find another – there are many.

Spend some time a ways away from the tree and take in the whole tree with your eyes.

Notice its silhouette, the aspects of the tree. Consider parts of the tree you cannot see, e.g. the roots.

Reflect on how this tree came to be here, what it has experienced. Consider how the tree interacts with the world around it – the wind, beings living in, on, under the tree, relations to water in soil etc.

Move closer to the tree and get to know tree more intimately, with all your senses: touch the bark, smell it, notice its temperatures, the sounds of leaves —- whatever feels right.

Keep attention in body, no need to think. Gently move from outside experience to inside experience.

Be light with exploration. How else might you connect?

Lean on tree, feel its support. Sit at its base, try tree to your back, or to your front.

Maintain openness, and listen.

Scientists have found that trees can communicate in a special way– don’t over think this (especially if you are a scientist). No need to ask how or why, but just consider what you might learn from the tree.

FOREST SONG | Words

Breathe

I am your breath
as you are mine

Our lives linked
forever in time

On your first breath
I was there for you

As I am with you
right here, right now

Breathe

In your sadness
you may forget me

In their madness
they may cut me

but till I remain
I send you my gift

Breathe

A simple truth
for a complex world

Learning to give,
is learning to love

And learning to receive
is finding peace

Breathe


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What lessons have the forest gifted you? Let us know in the comments below. For more gifts from nature, try our Nature Calm course.

Healing Forest is a project that aims to bring people and forests closer to each other through inspiring stories, films, and articles . Our aim is simple. Helping people heal. Helping forests heal.

REQUEST: In the season of giving, please share this post with those who might need a little peace and love. | *Download the forest song poster here.

Music of the Sacred Forest

MUSIC has a deep connection with our mind. Like the scent of a flower that fills an entire B-Leaf-3room, a simple tune or song can change our entire mood, lift our spirit and transform our thoughts. This month we travel to an ancient sacred forest in Meghalaya, India and experience the magic of nature’s music.

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If trees had a voice how would they sound? If a forest could sing what would it sing of? Imagine yourself on a mountain, sitting in the middle of a dense forest. You are surrounded by moss covered stones that lay scattered in odd circles and patterns. A floating cloud descends upon you and you begin to hear this music:

ladybug_50Bah Kerios Wahlang is a folk music legend from a small village in Meghalaya. He lives in a log house surrounded by naughty grandchildren and a brood of temperamental hen. He creates his own songs and mostly sings about the sacred forest that lies close to his village. To know more about his village and the sacred forest, follow this link. If your footsteps ever take you to this corner of the planet, do pay him a visit. Ask anyone in the village and they will point you in the right direction.

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Science of Music

It’s strange but true. Music only happens in your brain. Outside your brain, sound is simply air molecules moving. When these molecules vibrate your eardrums, this energy is converted into signals for your brain. Processing these elements involves almost every region of the brain.

Music activates the emotional parts of the brain as well as the rational parts and also induces mood enhancing chemicals. Just how different sequence of sounds produce different emotional reactions is still a mystery.

But studies by neuroscientists have shown that music can affect not just your mood and thoughts, but also alter your mental makeup and influence your behaviour and actions. For a more detailed write-up click here.

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The Sacred Forest, Mawphlang

The sacred forest is a protected forest land that was used by the surrounding community for ancient customs and religious ceremonies. The peculiar stones that are found across the sacred forest are known as monoliths. They are often found laid out in fairy rings or odd angled benches or standing as solitary guardians – holding secrets and stories of times long forgotten.

Sacred groves of India are forest fragments of varying sizes, which are communally protected, and which usually have a significant religious connotation for the protecting community. Hunting and logging are usually strictly prohibited within these patches. Sacred groves are considered ecologically important hotspots of bio-diversity.

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Have you ever heard the music of a sunrise?

Birdsong at first light. Wind rustling through tree leaves. The gentle gurgle of a flowing brook. Undoubtedly, some of the most beautiful music comes from nature. And as always, it’s absolutely free. But for those of you, caught up in work or unable to make it to the great outdoors, here are two places you can go to find your own song of nature:

asoftmurmur.com A website that let’s you pick and choose from various sounds of nature to create your own symphony.

Calm.com A free app for android as well as iphones. Calm features a wide range of soothing sounds from forests to oceans.

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We hope you enjoyed this post. Do send us your thoughts and feedback in the comment box below. Next month we cover the science of sleep and how nature can influence it. To stay updated subscribe to our monthly blog update at this link.

May the music of the forest always be with you when you need it.

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