Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories. Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them. I suppose it’s an early form of participation in what goes on. Listening children know stories are there. When their elders sit and begin, children are just waiting and hoping for one to come out, like a mouse from its hole.Eudora Welty
I can feel the beginning of something.
I can’t name it yet. It is formless. It is only a feeling stuck to my ribs, a murmur deep in my blood, a whisper while I lie dreaming.
It makes me want to sit in the company of Elders.
But I don’t have any anymore.
At least, I didn’t think I did. Until I looked out my window and saw the grove of ancient trees that greet me each morning, and hum me to sleep each night.
Trees make good company. So, I shall sit a while each day in the presence of this circle of tree elders.
I shall sit, and wait until they decide to speak to me.
Because it is time.
And it feels like something I have done many times before, in lifetimes before this one.
Give me a year or so, and I might have something to report back. Until then, it’s me, trees, and silence.
Much love, and a primal sense of anticipation, Nicole xx
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5 thoughts on “Searching For Elders”
So beautiful Nicole🌲looking forward to the story that comes out of your time of sitting with the trees. The quote at the top of your post wonderfully describes how I feel about listening out for your stories. The anticipation I feel as I log in to see what you have for us most days. Thank you always🌲🌿🌳🪴🍁🍂🍃🌿🌱🌵
Sitting in quiet is amazing
Last year I created a painting of me conversing with the trees. Crows helped to send the messages back and forth.
Great place to start. Trees might have very good reason to be miffed at us, but I suspect they don’t think like that. I don’t know who helps me, but I always feel guided in my tree planting. Places where I put plants aren’t always logical but I go by the feels. Some sort of nature spirit. What a healing balm for you.
Hi NIc, I concur – just sit quietly and listen….. love ya, Paul x