Standing Tree Meditation

Standing meditation is best learned from trees

Meditate alongside an old tree -  The 1,500 years old Fairy-Talesque Angel Oak Tree on Johns Island, South Carolina, USA
Meditate alongside an old tree – The 1,500 years old Fairy-Talesque Angel Oak Tree on Johns Island, South Carolina, USA
  • stand close to one
  • or peer out in the direction of a stand of trees
  • feel your feet develop roots into the ground
  • feel your body gently sway (as trees do in a breeze)
  • open the palms of your hands, hold your arms out in various positions like the branches of the trees around you – open, accessible, receptive and patient.

Stand there:

  • be in touch with your breathing
  • drink in what is in front of you
  • keep your eyes closed
  • sense what is in front of you
  • sense the tree closest to you
  • listen to it
  • feel its presence
  • touch it with your mind and body

Use your breath to help you stay in the moment

Sense the presence of the tree near you.
Sense the presence of the tree near you.
  • feel your own body standing
  • breathing
  • being
  • moment by moment

When your body signals that its time  to move on:

  • stay with the standing a little longer
  • remember that trees stand still for years
  • take on the teaching here from the trees about being still, patient, calm and  being in touch

Everything about trees speak about being in touch:

  • touching the ground with roots and trunk
  • touching the air with trunk and branches
  • touching sunlight and wind with their leaves

Experiment and work with being in touch yourself :

Touch the tree with your mind
Touch the tree with your mind
  •  with the air on your skin
  • feel your feet in touch with the ground
  • the sounds of the world around you
  • the dance of light, colour and shadows
  • the dance of the mind

TIP: Try standing like this whenever you find your self alone in a wood, in the mountains, by a river, in your living room or waiting for a bus.

 ” My religion is kindness”

The Dalai Lama

 

Peace is everwhere
Peace is everwhere