~ On the corner of North Haight Street and Mason Street in Portland, Oregon ~
What is it about a tree that gives us permission to wish?
I think it's the idea that trees have roots and connection deep into the earth. A tree will take a beating from wind, snow, storm and heat and still stay standing waiting for the sun.
The wishes that are tied to this particular tree have been there for months. New ones are tied on everyday. Imagine if all these wishes could come true.
I love it how some people wish for things that are simple like a new couch or a new set of dishes. Others wish for world peace or general goodness. Most of the wishes are for others. People wish for the health and happiness of the people they know.
I also hug trees when I'm hiking. Sometimes I find a tree in a park that calls to me. I wrap my arms around it's bark and hold on tight. I close my eyes and wait. Mostly I feel nothing spectacular, which means I feel free from everything. It's calming to hug a tree. You should try it.
(Call me a hippie. I dare you.)
Connecting with trees is my way to get out of this crazy-anxiety-ridden-madness of humanity because trees bring me ease. Trees have patience, but it's hard to be as patient as a tree.
I hear wishing trees are popping up all over Portland, Oregon.
Yes, please more.
It's beautiful to witness.
Entering into the Emerald Forest at Brietenbush.