Every tree is different – it has its own aura, energy field, colour, shape, life story and natural beauty.
Individual trees can be a great source of meditation – they embody many of the dilemmas of human existence.
It’s Jacaranda time in Brisbane when these trees cover the city with their purple blossoms. It is also a time of dread for many children because it signals the approaching period of school exams.
I am reminded that some time ago I wrote a poem about Jacarandas when meditating on a particular tree.
The poem goes like this:
Resplendent purple, a carpet of colour
Fully clothed in regal garment
Refreshing hue, eye-catching glow
Noticed from above and below
Radiant beauty, swiftly shed.
The Jacaranda tree was standing in the middle of a park covered in its distinctive purple blossoms – resplendent purple, fully clothed in regal garment.
Wherever you walk in Brisbane at this time of the year you will be walking below the refreshing hue and eye-catching glow of the Jacaranda. It’s an amazing sight when seen from below. It is even more amazing when seen from above –noticed from above and below. From the air, the whole city appears carpeted in purple.
One of the characteristics of this type of tree is that its purple blossoms last for such a short time – radiant beauty, swiftly shed. It is a constant reminder that human beauty is ephemeral – so transitory, yet pursued endlessly by many people as if it defines a person’s worth.
As the Jacaranda trees shed their purple blossoms, they create a carpet of colour as illustrated in the image below:
If we grow in mindfulness through meditation and other mindful practices, we will be able to see beyond transitory, external beauty and see the real essence of a person. We will learn to value each person’s uniqueness and their life story – just as we learn to value our own.
Park Bench by Indy24 on Pixabay